Glass Crack Repair: Cracked Glass Will Eventually Break
When there is a crack in your window, you can take temporary safety measures to keep it from spreading. However, temporary fixes won’t last forever. Eventually, all cracked glass will need to be replaced.
Replacing window glass can be a difficult and time-consuming process. At Glass Doctor®, we provide expert home, business and auto glass repair and replacement services. We specialize in long-term solutions that keep your home secure and keep your vehicle on the road.
Read on to learn about our favorite tips for repair cracked glass.
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Everything You Need to Know About Cracked Glass
Here are the most important things to know about cracked glass:
- Though you can stabilize and slow the spread of a glass crack, the glass will have to be replaced eventually for safety reasons.
- Glass breaks can be dangerous no matter the type of glass, but tempered glass can lessen that danger. Rather than repairing just the crack, consider replacing the pane with tempered glass to keep you and your loved ones safe in the future.
- A cracked auto windshield greatly compromises your safety in the event of a collision or rollover.
- Keep in mind that in some states you can be ticketed for driving with damaged auto glass.
- Because cracked glass poses a threat to safety, it’s best to have an expert repair or replace the affected glass as soon as possible.
Glass Doctor is knowledgeable about all things glass. Whether it’s replacing a home window pane, auto glass, a glass shower enclosure, or a custom-cut tabletop, our workmanship is guaranteed. And better yet, we’re local, bonded and insured.
Repair Tips: What to Do When Window Panes Crack
Here are tips for a quick, temporary fix for your cracked home or auto windows:
- Put masking tape on both sides of the crack to stabilize the pane.
- Clean the glass surface with acetone (nail polish remover) and carefully apply superglue to help prevent the crack from spreading.
If the crack is in a home window and you’re losing heat or AC through the crack, call a professional immediately and try the following temporary fixes:
- Cover the window with plastic. There are kits you can purchase (online or at your local hardware store) to temporarily insulate your windows.
- If you have a storm window, place insulation between the panes. Try using Bubble Wrap – the air pockets will provide more insulation than cardboard.
- While you’re working on the window, check around the frame and glass. If there are gaps, especially with older windows, use a caulking gun to seal them.
Remember, these fixes are only temporary because once glass is cracked, the crack will spread. While you can’t stop the crack from spreading, you might be able to slow it down. Contact your local Glass Doctor to learn about your glass repair and replacement options.
When to Replace Cracked Glass
Like we said before, cracked glass will eventually require replacement. But how do you know when it’s time to give up on quick fixes and repairs?
Check out our recommendations for when it’s time to seek a more permanent solution:
- If the glass is broken and no longer encased within the frame
- If the broken glass has created a safety hazard
- If you have a double-pane window and the crack has broken the seal
Let Glass Doctor Replace Your Cracked Glass
Glass replacement is inevitable for cracked or otherwise compromised window panes. If you’re fed up with short-term repairs or seeking a more energy efficient solution to your cracked window, it’s time to contact your local Glass Doctor. Call (833) 365-2927 for 24/7 emergency service or schedule an appointment online for expert glass crack replacement.