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Replacing Broken Window | Six Steps

No matter the reason, you will want to replace a broken window as soon as possible. If you've worked with glass before, this may be a DIY job. But you should consider calling in a glass expert to make sure the job is done right the first time. In many cases, it's possible to simply repair the broken pane without replacing the window entirely.

Why You Should Replace a Broken Window

Obviously, you'll want to replace a window if it's been completely shattered by an intruder or an errant baseball. But what about a cracked window? Does it need to be replaced?

Windows that are cracked—especially insulated, double pane windows—will lose their energy efficiency. This can not only raise your energy costs but also invite unsightly condensation to form between the glass panes. So it's important to address cracks as well.

Follow These Steps to Replace Broken Window Glass

Replacing a broken glass window requires some patience and preparation as well as careful attention to avoid further damage or injury. 

  1. First and foremost, protect your hands and arms from sharp edges and jagged glass by wearing protective gloves and clothing. You may also want to lay a drop cloth to protect your flooring and furniture near the affected window. 
  2. Carefully remove the glass. If it is shattered, the remaining pieces will be easy to remove. If the glass is just cracked, you may need to scrape out the putty to loosen the broken glass pane. 
  3. Carefully measure the area to be glazed. The new pane must be just a fraction of an inch smaller than the window it will fill. 
  4. Board up the open window frame to secure your home from intruders of all kinds (humans, insects, etc.) and to help retain heating/cooling. 
  5. Order the replacement pane from a glazier. If you are not sure of the dimensions, you can remove the window frame and bring it to the glazier. Or if you're experienced working with glass, you can cut your own pane with a glass cutter.
  6. 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.

Call a Glass Specialist Instead

It's important that your broken window be replaced correctly the first time. A leaky window can wreak havoc on your window frames, sill, furniture and flooring. Not to mention you'll still be spending more money on your energy bill. When you add up the cost of supplies—and the time it takes to complete—is it really more cost-effective to do it yourself?

If you're not handy and need a little help, call a local glass expert like Glass Doctor®. We'll make sure the job is done correctly in a fraction of the time. We even offer emergency service to repair or replace your broken window any time, day or night.

Avoid the hassle of a complicated DIY project. Call the Glass Doctor to replace your broken window today—855-603-1919.

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