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Old 10-30-2011, 02:10 PM   #1
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Replacing these windows is IMPOSSIBLE!


I have been assigned the task of replacing these store windows with anti-reflective glass for my boss. For the life of me, I cant figure how to take them out! There are no screws holding it together that I can see.
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Tell your boss to hire a commercial window installer. They will do it in half the time and warrant the work against leaks and other problems.
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Tell your boss to hire a commercial window installer. They will do it in half the time and warrant the work against leaks and other problems.
Sound advise, I do windows but I bring in a commercial company for storefronts. What you have is not a DIY project.
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If you can't figure it out then you aren't the person for this job. Storefront materials require special tools and handling devices and you would be better off stepping back and letting someone with experience do this.
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If you can't figure it out then you aren't the person for this job. Storefront materials require special tools and handling devices and you would be better off stepping back and letting someone with experience do this.
Yes, all we need to do, is hear in the news about someone dropping a 150 to 200 pound double pane of glass on them. As for the OP, the easiest way is to just use the material that you apply on the glass, after you give it a through cleaning.



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He assigned you the task of fixing the problem. He didn't hand you a screwdriver.
Hire the people you need to do the job.
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you need to hire a "glazer" to do this, they set glass in aluminum frames like what you have.

it requires special tools to remove the trim that holds the glass in place
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Do you really need to replace them or just make them antiglare? There are coatings that can be applied to the glass to create different effects.
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joed is correct, there are films which can be applied to the existing glass which will achieve the goal you desire. there are also anti uv films which are perfect for store fronts with displays in which the owner doesnt want them to fade. a friend has had it installed at his store in both locations hes been in. works wonders
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Sounds like a test to me..
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Actually if you had the window replaced they would probably just replace them and then install a film on the new windows.
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Totally agree with all comments. Commercial window installation is not a DIY project for all the reasons mentioned and more.

The windows look to be in good shape. And the prior posts hinted at a sensible approach. Is there some reason you cannot apply a non-reflective or UV film coating to the windows you have? This would certainly be cheaper than replacing the windows? From the pictures, they seem to be in good shape.

I would hire a pro to do it but I guess if you can work a spray bottle, squeegee and razor knife you could try yourself. The material is sold in rolls. Windows should be spotlessly clean before you start.

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Totally agree with all comments. Commercial window installation is not a DIY project for all the reasons mentioned and more.

And, does your boss own the building? You sure his lease allows you to even think about replacing storefront windows? Usually such endeavors are forbidden and not considered leasehold improvements allowed for tenants to make.

The windows look to be in good shape. Is there some reason you cannot apply a non-reflective, non-glare or UV film coating to them as suggested in prior posts? This would certainly be cheaper than replacing the windows?

I would hire a pro to do it but I guess if you can work a spray bottle, squeegee and razor knife you could try yourself. The material is sold in rolls. Windows should be spotlessly clean before you start.
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Get a quote for replacing all the glazing. Then get a quote for the film application. Then ask your boss to give you a bonus for 50% of the difference.
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window pane removal


1) Are the frames Alluminium-UPVC or Timber
2) Are the panes sat in rubber seals
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