Who Can Replace a Broken Window: Tips for Homeowners
Are one of your windows broken and you are curious as to who can replace a broken window? Can you replace it yourself or do you need to call your local windows company for window replacement?
In some cases, you can replace the window glass on your own, but keep in mind that handling broken glass can be dangerous. You will want to replace the window as soon as possible to prevent further damage as well as personal injury. If you have any doubts, contact your windows and doors Newmarket to send out a professional.
Do You Need to Replace the Window Glass?
To prevent further damage, protect your home and prevent injuries, you should replace the windows immediately if it is shattered completely. If the window is cracked, you should replace it as soon as possible. Cracked windows, most importantly double or triple pane windows, will no longer be energy efficient. This can cause condensation to form on your windows as well as raise your energy costs.
How to Repair a Broken Window
- Drop Cloth or Old Towel
- Dry Paint Brush
- Glazier Points and Compound
- Putty Knife
- Replacement Window Glass
- Small Hammer
- Trash Bin
- Work Gloves
What You Will Need:
- Lay down the drop cloth or old towel to the floor area. Also, make sure to wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves and work gloves, to protect your arms and hands. Have a trash bin at hand for the broken glass.
- Carefully remove the broken glass. For any larger pieces that are remaining, use a hammer to crack them into pieces that can be easily and safely removed.
- Take the dry paint brush and carefully brush any remaining debris from the window casing. Use the putty knife to remove the damaged caulking.
- Measure the window opening including the (roughly) quarter of an inch that is inserted into the window frame. It is imperative to get the measurements correct or the replacement window will not fit properly.
- Purchase or order the new window glass. Board up the window if the replacement glass will take time to arrive or if you are having the window repaired professionally to avoid further injury and to protect your home from the elements.
- Once the window glass has arrived, insert it into the window frame. Again, wear long sleeves and work gloves for protection. Insert the glazier point on either side and once secure, add the glazier points every 3-4 inches around the edges of the window. This will hold it safely in place until you can secure it with the glazier’s compound. Into strips about the size of a pencil, roll out the glazier’s compound. Press the strips gently around the edges of the window frame. Secure it into place by pressing it carefully with the putty knife.
- Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours before cleaning the window and paint the window frame. Paint remover or alcohol will remove any debris.
Contact Total Home Windows and Doors if you are still not sure who can replace a window frame. We can assess the damage and determine if professional removal and installation are needed.