Tips for Repairing Broken Window Glass

Tips for Repairing Broken Window Glass

If your window breaks, it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible. Broken windows can not only be dangerous, but they can also become a security problem.

If you are going to fix your own broken window glass, there are some things you will need to pay attention to. Here are some tips that may help you avoid disaster.

Tools You Will Need

If you are fixing a broken window yourself, you will need these items.

  • Thick gloves
  • A thick towel or blanket
  • Utility Knife
  • Putty Knife
  • Glass
  • Glazier’s Points
  • Putty
  • Paint
  • A heat source like a hair dryer

Tips for Fixing a Broken Window

  • Be sure to have some very thick gloves and keep them on while working on the window.
  • If you have splintered glass, move very carefully. Wrap the broken pieces in a thick blanket and be sure to sweep and vacuum the area thoroughly.
  • If you still have glass in the window, you will need a utility knife or a painter’s 5-in-1 tool. Remove any metal fasteners, old glazing, or putty from around the broken window. You may need to use a little heat to get the putty to pull away easily.
  • Once the glass is loosened, carefully remove it and wrap it a thick towel or blanket.
  • You want to make sure the new piece of glass you are putting in will fit right. To do this, measure the opening for the glass and subtract from the height and width 1/8″.
  • The easiest way to get a clean piece of glass is to have a home improvement shop or hardware store cut it for you.
  • Before placing the new piece of glass in, you will want to make sure the window frame is clean. If you have wood windows, prime any bare wood and let it dry.
  • To place the glass in the window, hold it steady in the frame. You will want to use glazier’s points, pressing them into the frame to help hold the glass in place. You do not need to use to much pressure on the glazier points.
  • Now its time to apply your putty around the window. You may need to knead the putty first if it is too thick. Once it is in place, smooth it out with a putty knife. Let the putty dry then paint over it with a good exterior paint.
  • Be sure to clean up any glass from the area. If you feel you did not place the window glass correctly, contact an expert to have it looked at.

Other Options for Repairing Broken Windows

If repairing your own window seems a little overwhelming, hiring a professional is a great option. The team at Dan’s Glass are here to help you with all of your glass repair needs. ┬áHaving been in business since 1979, we are experts in home glass repair, offering the highest quality and customer service.

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