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Question DetailsAsked on 9/21/2017

How much would it cost to get our 2 sidelights to our entry door replaced?

,Our sidelights are 5 panels that measure about 10" x 80". The rubber seal has come loose in some of the panels and shows and is unsightly; therefore, I believe the entire sidelight panel needs replacing.

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A Window and Glass contractor (your Search the List category to find well-rated and reviewed contractors for this work) can inspect it.

Many window units (especially multi-pane units) now come with a black mastic applied to the outside to improve the weather resistant and air-tightness of the unit - sometimes this just squeezes out around the glazing unit (the thin aluminum frame holding the glass) and can just be trimmed away with a single-sided razor blade. If you stick your fingernail in it and it comes away gooey that is the case.

Otherwise, if this is a wrap-around edge gasket (common with single-pane windows, also sometimes wrapping around higher-end multi-pane glazing units) then as it weathers sometimes it will start fraying. Again, a single-edge razor blade can be used to run around the edges of the glass to trim it away.

May also just be caulk around the glazing unit - in which case - you guessed it - single edge razor blade (in holder if not comfortable with bare blade) followed by a bead of new long-life (20-25 year) acruylic silicone caulk - be sure it says paintable if your frame is painted there.

Unless this is in between the panes, your glass should not have to be replaced - a technician can trim and clean up the seal (or caulk), and at worst determine the type of seal needed and then come back on a later service call and take out the glazing unit and reinstall it with new seal / caulk.

Probably about $100/window for this plus maybe $10-50 materials per window depending on whether caulked or an actual edge gasket.

Actually replacing the glazing unit, if the issue is between multiple panes - probably about $125-200 each for normal (no fancy solar film or such) glazing unit - and probably, in all but most expensive labor areas - about $200 labor for service call and first window and around $100 ballpark labor on second window done at same time.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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