Any double glazing experts? I've got a broken outer pane of glass on patio doors!

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Found 11th Apr 2011
Hi

Had an 'incident' yesterday with a stone flipping up when mowing the lawn and one outer side of the patio doors has totally shattered (the inside glass is intact). I think the doors are as old as the house (about 20 yrs and aluminium) and could probably do with replacing anyway and I am just wondering if it is possible just to replace the outer glass or whether it will mean a new unit. We are waiting for a glazing compant to get in touch through our insurer!

Any advice would be much appreciated!

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i had condensation inside one panel - the outer panel was removed and replaced very easily and cost me £100

if it is a double glazed door, then the outer panel will be attached to the inner panel, two pieces of glass joined as one, aka a sealed unit.

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rieriej

i had condensation inside one panel - the outer panel was removed and … i had condensation inside one panel - the outer panel was removed and replaced very easily and cost me £100


Thanks for your reply - was this a patio door and was it replaced recently? As our insurance poilicy has a £200 excess so maybe we should phone round and get some quotes before claiming!!

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just replace the entire sealed unit. Quite an easy DIY job in most cases.

probs around £100 for the unit.

cost me £30 for a middle sized window and took 15 minutes to replace it.

if its not upvc it may be old..ours was..and we couldnt get new glass-something to do with sizing..we had 3 people in all tld us the same-so had to replace the whole thing-but got upvc french doors under £700 fitted local company.

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rieriej

i had condensation inside one panel - the outer panel was removed and … i had condensation inside one panel - the outer panel was removed and replaced very easily and cost me £100


so its no longer a proper double glazed panel then?

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wickes is very good for replacement french doors. Mine cost £299 and only took a couple of hours to fit.

wickes.co.uk/pat…dr/

You can change the outer glass but i suggest changing the whole pane. Reason being is that the cavity between the glass panes are caused by adding a bead running around the perimeter of the glass which has a dessicant filled in to absorb the moisture. After 20 years im guessing the dessicant is no good.
Another reason is the old glass will have to be removed from the bead which is adhered together with a black sealent. This sealent is a tough rubber and to remove it takes a long time to do. Its quicker for them to cut the glass and put a new bead and seal it then it is to faf around with the glass.

Just dont use anglian windows.

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