8 Smashing Steps to Quick Window Repair
Every homeowner dreads the sound: the unmistakable smashing
noise of a broken window. Whether caused by a neighborhood baseball
game gone awry or that fallen branch thrown by a storm, that window
needs to be fixed as quickly as possible.
Here are the basics for cleaning up that window and preparing
for the replacement glass:
- Clean up the glass. Before you do
anything else, make the area safe. Clean up the glass from the
floor, then start on the window itself. Wear protective gloves as
you pull the shards of glass from the window. Put them in a
heavy-duty cardboard box and seal it closed to ensure no one gets
- Consider the window. What kind of
window was broken? If it is a single pane window, you might be able
to replace the glass yourself. However, insulated windows or large
jobs may require the help of a professional. If this is the case,
find a list of
window repair contractors in your area and give one a call as
soon as you can.
- Remove the putty. Your old window
frame should have putty still attached. Remove it carefully with a
putty knife, taking care not to damage the frame as you work.
- Keep going or stop? If you have
called a window repair contractor to handle the job, this is where
you should stop and let them take over. While you wait, use a thick
piece of cardboard or plastic to cover the window, and seal it well
around the edges with tape.
- Add a thin layer of putty. If you
are going to install the new window yourself, apply a thin layer of
putty to replace the old. This should provide a nice "cushion" for
your new window glass.
- Place the glass and glazier's
points. The new piece of glass should be only a fraction
smaller than the frame. Press the glass into the putty and hold in
place as you set the glazier's points. There are small points that
go around the edges of the glass and hold it firmly in place.
- Apply new putty. When the points
are in place, roll new putty along the edges of the window. Use a
putty knife or glazing tool to press the putty firmly into
- Paint is the finishing touch. Apply
new paint to the putty and frame in order to achieve a uniform
A good window repair job can mean the difference between a
drafty fix and a solid, secure window. If you have doubts about
doing the repair yourself, don't hesitate to contact a
window repair contractor.
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