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Old 03-29-2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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Had a little weed eater accident. I broke one of the panes on our huge 96 x 82 sliding glass door. My insurance company won't cover the fix. They say it will only cost 200 for a new pane of glass installed. I have never heard of being able to replace a single pane of glass in a double pane window. I would think they would fog up. I have another company coming out to give me an estimate later today. Does this process and number seem correct to you?

Anyways I have always wanted to take this door out and replace it with a couple of smaller windows. Maybe a bay window. We have old vinyl siding that is still in decent shape on the outside. This has happened and now I'm in a bind. Its either fix the window or go ahead with the conversion. Could anyone post an image of a similar conversion they may have done?

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You wouldn't replace just one pane, but the entire IGU. $200 may be on the low side as its a big piece of glass and will need to be tempered, but a few hundred (less than $500 for sure) should cover it.
On the conversion, we do the opposite (change a window to a door) on a pretty regular basis. It is rare to change a door to windows. You might think about retaining the door for resale value even if you don't use it.

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Well the other sides seals have been broken for a long time so it makes no sense to me to just replace one side of the glass. It would look ridiculous. The tracks don't slide. The handle hole is warped.

It seems like my insurance company wants to put a bandaid on a gaping wound.
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Generally insurance companies won't pay out for those other failures from what I've seen. It sounds pretty fair if they give you credit for what the busted glass would cost. Personally, I'd take that $ and put it toward a new door, but that's just my opinion.
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I can see why you would want to change that door out and put in something else. By the look it looks from the outside it looks like there used to be a garage door there.
Concider a bow not a bay window, the reason being is they do not stick out as far and have less problums with sagging over time, and also may not stick out past the roof line.
It will cost far more for a bow or bay window then even replacing your whole door with a complete new unit.
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