Home Window Repair Fixing Cracked Or Broken Glass
One of the most common home window repair issues is cracked or broken glass. This is an easy fix for home window repair. For older wood-framed windows with single panes of glass, you can replace the damaged pane with new glass that is held in place by glazing putty. You can also use this opportunity to upgrade to a more energy efficient double-pane or even a storm window.
Cracked glass is not only unsightly but it can allow air to leak in and water to seep in. This can lead to mold and mildew growth, which in turn can damage the surrounding wood frame. Depending on the severity of the cracks and the surrounding damage, you may want to have a professional inspect the damage and determine whether to repair or replace the window.
If the cracks are superficial, a strip of tape will keep them from worsening until you can afford to install a new window. Using heavy-duty tape such as masking or duct tape is a good option, but you can also use clear super glue designed specifically for windows (available at most hardware stores).
Before you approach your window, make sure to wear protective gloves to protect your hands from any loose shards of glass. Then, carefully inspect the damage and clear away larger pieces of glass that have popped out. You should also consider using a broom or vacuum cleaner to clear any small pieces of glass that have landed on the floor around the window.
Inspect the frame for any areas of rot or water damage. If the frame is rotting, you’ll need to have it replaced. The best way to do this is with an Glassbusters. This is a two-part product with separate containers of resin and hardener that you mix together. Follow the instructions for your specific brand of epoxy for mixing and application.
If water is leaking into the frame, there may be an issue with the flashing. Flashing is a weather-resistant material installed under the siding on the outside of your house and around your windows. You can try adding caulk to the area where the flashing meets the wall, but if there is a serious problem with the flashing you’ll need to have it replaced.
Similarly, if your windows are difficult to open or close you may need to have the Glassbusters. This is a relatively simple task that can be done by a homeowner with some DIY skills, but you should consult a professional to determine if it is necessary for your situation.
If you’re thinking about replacing your windows, be sure to research companies and get quotes. It is also a good idea to check your homeowner’s insurance to see if it covers the cost of a replacement. You should also consult a professional to help you determine what type of window is right for your needs. Our Glassbusters technicians are available to help you with your window repairs.