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Question DetailsAsked on 3/30/2016

Who can replace a broken sidelight glass panel?

One of our sidelight panels is broken and needs to be replaced. We have called several companies who told us we have to replace the entire sidelight panel unit on both sides, which seems like overkill. Can a company replace just the glass with new glass?

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Assuming you mean an entry door sidelight - almost all types of glass units can be replaced by a Glass Replacement company (Glass and Mirrors is your Search the List category) - usually without removing anything significant from the building, just the broken glass and a stop or seal strip usually - or with double or triple pane, the seal or stop strip and the glazing unit - the glass with enclosing metal seal.

Granted - there are a few types of fiberglass and vinyl windows where the glass is built into the unit at the factory and is not readily replaceable. With some of them glass replacement places will cut into the frame to remove the glass, caulk in a new perimeter strip of plastic or wood to fill any interior gap, put in a new glazing unit, then seal or stop strip outside that. Would NOT look the same as the other sidelight and you might lose a bit of energy efficiency but can work, though not normally any long-term warranty for that type of modification to the window unit. However, if going to that trouble, if the sidelight is a separate 'tag-along" or "side-by-side" unit (not integral to the door frame and removerable even though it might have come with the door as one unit), it might be cheaper to replace the whole sidelight unit than put in the labor to modify the existing. For very large integral units (I have seen them come in at over $20,000 for the door and twin matching sidelights) such a modification might well make sense - possibly if necessary to even adding fake trim to the other sidelight to match and modification made, though in that case you are probably looking at a Carpenter - Woodworking to do the finish trim after the glass guys are done. (Shortly after because you don't want water getting into the frame area.)

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