The jalousies are panes of glass that are fixed on vertical tracks and can be open or shut with a lever such as a crank mechanism. When these windows crack or break, obtaining a replacement pane can be a challenge. With some work on your part you can keep the jalousies and avoid the cost of replacing an entire window or door.
Visit Window Stores
Retail shops that specialize in windows and doors are a good first place to look for replacement jalousies. Marvin, Pella and Andersen are among the top retailers while local or regional retailers carrying multiple lines of window brans are worth considering as well.
You will want to first measure your window and the specific jalousie pane before leaving your home. Consider taking a picture as well to show the salesperson what you plan to replace. Keep that photo on your smartphone for instant reference.
Online Speciality Shops
You can also find retailers of jalousie windows by shopping online. Amazon and eBay are the two best known markets, but the new Square Market, launched in early 2013 may be another place to look.
Square Market takes a different approach to online marketing than the other two. They allow merchants to sell their goods online without establishing and maintaining their own sites. Square Market is also an online payment processor, therefore you may find its system easier to use.
Your Local Hardware Store
Lowe’s and Home Depot carry so many products, but when it comes to jalousie windows you may find that you have to buy an entire window, not just one pane. Although replacing the window is easy to accomplish, the cost can come in much higher than what you would pay for just one pane.
Local hardware stores attempt to fill whatever holes the big guys leave behind. Independent hardware stores have weathered the onslaught of the big box retailer, by joining up with large cooperatives such as True Value or Ace to maintain purchasing power and advertising strength. That means you are more likely to get personal help to find a replacement jalousie pane. Moreover, if one is not in stock, chances are they can get one for you.
Jalousie Pane Considerations
Besides measuring the window and pane, you can take it with you to the store when you shop for a replacement. That way, you will ensure a perfect fit and will avoid having to return to the hardware store if your measurements were off or if the glass is not a precise match.