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How to Replace a Broken Window

If you have a broken window, you should replace it as soon as possible to prevent further breakage and avoid injury. While this may be a DIY job, handling broken glass can be difficult and dangerous without the right tools and expertise.

At Glass Doctor®, our experts provide 24/7 emergency repair and replacement services. Call us today at 855-603-1919 to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals.

Replace Your Broken Window with Glass Doctor

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When you schedule an appointment, our professionals will determine if a simple repair or complete window replacement is more urgent.

Here's what you can expect when you call Glass Doctor for emergency repair and replacement services:

  1. Our courteous, uniformed professionals will show up on time and put on protective footwear before entering your home.
  2. Once inside, we will evaluate the damage and determine if a repair or replacement is needed. In many cases, it's possible to simply repair the broken pane without replacing the window entirely.
  3. If a repair is necessary, we will fix your broken pane on the spot. If your window pane needs to be replaced, we will order the replacement pane, board up the window and schedule a time to come back and complete the replacement.
  4. After the job is finished, we will clean up the space and leave you with tips on how to maintain your new window.

How to Replace Broken Window Glass

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If you feel like you can handle broken glass on your own, follow these steps to replace your window.

Remember that handing broken glass can be dangerous without the proper knowledge. You should always call in a professional to repair or replace a broken window.

  1. Before touching any broken glass, protect your hands and arms by wearing protective gloves and clothing. You may also want to lay a drop cloth to protect your floors and furniture near the damaged window. 
  2. Carefully remove the broken glass from the window. If the entire window is shattered, the remaining pieces will be easy to remove. If the glass is just cracked, you may need to scrape out the putty or heat the old glazing compound to loosen the broken glass.
  3. Clean the window frame to prepare the window for re-glazing.
  4. Carefully measure the area to be glazed. Make sure the new pane is a fraction of an inch smaller than the window it will fill.
  5. While you're waiting for the replacement glass to come in, board up the window to secure your home and help retain heating and cooling. 
  6. Order a replacement pane from an experienced glazier. If you are not sure of the dimensions, remove the window frame and bring it to the specialist. If you're experienced working with glass, you can cut your own pane with a glass cutter.
  7. Install the new window pane. Make sure the glass is the correct size, and then carefully insert it with a glazier's tool and putty.

If these steps seem too complicated, call the experts at Glass Doctor to replace your broken window. We will either repair or replace your window, take accurate measurements and fix your window quickly and efficiently.

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Do I Need to Replace a Broken Window?

If a window is completely shattered, you'll want to replace it immediately to prevent injury. For cracked windows, you may be wondering whether it has to be completely replaced or just repaired.

Windows that are cracked—especially insulated, double pane windows—will lose their energy efficiency, raising your energy bills and causing condensation to form between the glass panes, ultimately weakening the structure of your window.

Whether you have a minor chip or bigger crack, you should get your windows repaired or replaced by a certified professional as soon as possible.

Check out some other reasons to replace your house windows:

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Custom Glass Solutions at Glass Doctor

Glass Doctor offers Low-Emissivity (Low-E) and safety glass options to improve energy efficiency and offer more protection to your home.

  • Low-Emissivity Glass—Commonly called Low-E glass, this type of glass reduces heat loss through windows and lowers the window glare.
  • Laminated Glass—Also called "lami," laminated glass controls glare, reduces the transmisson of solar energy and doesn't break into sharp pieces in the event of breakage.

Why Glass Doctor?

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At Glass Doctor, our professionals have over 40 years of experience repairing and replacing broken windows. In addition to our expertise, we also offer:

  • Licensed professionals who guarantee their workmanship
  • Upfront, flat-rate pricing with no overtime fees or charges
  • Flexible appointment scheduling
  • Glass Doctor Advantage Plan® with priority scheduling and additional benefits

Schedule an Appointment with Glass Doctor Today

It's important that your broken window be replaced as soon as possible. If you don't have a lot of experience handling broken windows, call your local glass experts at Glass Doctor.

We'll make sure the job is done correctly in a prompt manner. We even offer 24/7 emergency repair and replacement services to fix your broken window any time, day or night.

Avoid the hassle, additional costs and potential injury of a complicated DIY project. Call Glass Doctor to replace your broken window today at 855-603-1919.

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Sources:

DIY Network: https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/rooms-and-spaces/doors-and-windows/how-to-replace-a-broken-window-pane

How Stuff Works: https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/repair/how-to-repair-windows1.htm

Scientific American: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-is-tempered-glass-mad/

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