Window Repair – How to Repair a Broken Window
Whether it is a small crack in a window pane or a whole window replacement, repairing windows can be a quick and easy process. However, there are many factors to consider before repairing your windows. It may be wise to have a professional assessment of your windows to ensure that they are structurally sound. The structural integrity of windows is related to the efficiency of their insulation and sealing. Therefore, a damaged window can result in energy loss and deterioration of other window components. If your windows are old and have become deteriorated, it may be time to replace them.
The first step in window repair is to remove the broken glass from the window frame. To avoid injury, you should wear heavy, cut-proof gloves and protective clothing. Also, you should tape the broken glass to prevent it from moving while you remove the frame. This can reduce cleanup later.
Next, scrape away any old glazing compound or putty. You can also apply a heat gun to soften the old compound. Once the compound is soft, you can smooth it out using a cloth. You may also need to apply a new putty. You can buy glazing putty in a caulk tube. You will need to apply it with a steady, downward squeezing motion. This will make the glass more secure and provide a smoother surface.
You may need to remove the old silicone caulk along the edges of the glass. You may need to use a heat gun to loosen the old silicone. You can also remove it with a sharp utility knife. Before replacing the silicone, clean the window’s frame channels with a glass cleaner. You may also need to cut sealing tape.
Once you have removed the old glass and silicone, you can remove the sash. The sash may have multiple layers of paint on it. If so, the sash will not move. If this is the case, you will need to replace the sash. It may be more cost effective to replace the entire window instead of just the sash.
Depending on the type of window you have, you may need to replace the window frame, sill, or muntins. If the sash is spring type, you may need to replace the springs. You can also replace the cords on the sash weights. This will help reduce damage to the sash.
If you are replacing the glass in a vinyl window, you will need to buy glass from the manufacturer. You may also need to purchase double-sided foam tape to help hold the glass in place. You may also need to replace sealing tape, especially if your windows are double-glazed.
Before replacing the glass, you will need to measure the pane from top to bottom. You will also need to make sure that the new glass is 1/16 inch shorter in all directions. You can then cut a new pane to size. You will also need to cut a piece of sealing tape to fit the glass.