Many properties in Fort Lauderdale are 40 or 50 years old – and some even more – so it stands to reason that the windows and sliding glass doors are well past their prime. Nothing lasts forever, and that includes windows and doors. However, in most cases they deteriorate very slowly over time so it is not easily noticeable. If your window or door gets smashed, that is instantly noticeable, but gradual deterioration is not.
This is why many people don’t call for residential glass repair in Fort Lauderdale until something bad happens. Believe it or not, they will struggle on with a sliding glass door that jams and stutters, or put up with a window that has dropped on its’ hinges or is fogged up – in some cases for years!
Double-Glazed Windows Have A Shelf Life
Here’s the thing. In the case of double glazing the old style of windows have a shelf life. They are not absolutely air-tight and the reason for that is that the air between the two panes of glass heats up when the sun shines and cools down in the evening. When the air heats up it expands, so if your windows could not “breathe” they would explode! So when they heat up, some of the air is drawn outside and when they cool it comes back in. If it has picked up some moisture, that is absorbed by a desiccant in the window frame. Over the years the desiccant gets to the point when it can hold no further moisture, so the windows start to fog up. This is when you need residential glass repair in Fort Lauderdale – or to be more accurate, glass replacement.
Sliding glass doors, too, have a shelf life. They have many moving parts, and over the years these parts wear. This is why they start to stutter and jam when the rollers and runners have worn down. They need replacement – the worn parts, that is. In our view there are few things worse than a sliding glass door that won’t slide, so why put up with it? Call in one of our experts in residential glass repair in Fort Lauderdale and he will be able to fix it for you in the majority of cases.
Of course, it may be that you have decided that it is time to replace your windows and glass doors and upgrade them to the very latest highly energy efficient models. This will do two things for you. First, it will cut down on your energy bills – by quite a considerable amount in most instances. Second, it will bring your home into the 21st century and you will be the proud owner of the best looking house in Fort Lauderdale!