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How to Handle a Broken Window Before Replacement

Don't let a broken glass in a window rob you of your security, your heat and your air conditioning! Even a cracked window poses a threat to your home. Take these steps immediately to give you peace of mind and get the broken window replaced. 

Broken Glass Can Be a Pain

lets talk glassA broken window is more than just inconvenient and unsightly. Broken windows from a stray baseball or a break-in are an invitation for future breaches of your security. Vandals and burglars interpret a broken window as a sign of neglect, not to mention as a point of easy access to the home.

In addition, even if a window is only cracked, it is allowing warm air to escape in the winter and hot air to enter in the summer, draining your home's energy efficiency. That's why it is important to repair or install a replacement for broken windows as soon as possible.

Here are a few other reasons to consider window replacement:

Reasons to Replace Windows with Broken Glass Infographic

First Steps to Replacing a Broken Window

  • broken windowIf you suspect your window has broken as the result of a break-in, you need to call the police immediately to file a report. This will document the cause of the damage for the purpose of filing an insurance claim. 
  • If the window needs to be replaced because of an act of nature or an accident, you may want to file an insurance claim to cover the cost of a replacement window. Before you try to clean up the damage, make sure to call your homeowners insurance so an agent can document the damage with photographs and a report. 
  • You will want to secure the window opening as soon as possible not only to keep out intruders (including critters) and to protect your climate control, but also to restore your peace of mind and get you feeling back to normal, especially after the violation of a break-in. 
  • Always wear protective gloves covering your hands and forearms when working with broken glass. 

There are steps you can take to board up and replace the window yourself, or you can work with professional glass experts to get your replacement window done right the first time.

Glass Doctor® offers 24/7 emergency repair/replacement service to keep your home safe and secure while you wait for the replacement window. Give us a call today at 855-603-1919 to fix your broken window.

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Sources:

Broken Windows: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1982/03/broken-windows/304465/

Security Statistics: http://www.safeguardtheworld.com/statistics.html

Does Homeowners Insurance Pay to Replace Broken Windows?: http://finance.zacks.com/homeowners-insurance-pay-replace-broken-windows-6782.html

How to Temporarily Fix a Broken Window Pane: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/temporarily-fix-broken-window-pane-28125.html

Replacing Broken Window Glass: http://www.acehardware.com/info/index.jsp?categoryId=1284491