There are a number of ways windows can be broken, but whatever’s happened it’s important to carry out repairs quickly. Broken windows make your home or business less secure and leave your property exposed to the elements. If things are tight, you may be wondering whether you could carry out the glass repair or glass replacement yourself. Technically it is possible. Here’s what you have to do.
You’ll need gloves and safety goggles to protect your hands and eyes, along with various tools, such as a hammer, chisel knife, pick, pliers, stripping knife and window tool. You also need a pane of glass cut to the right size, glazing points, tape measure and fresh putty.
Step-by-Step Guide to Glass Replacement
1. Carefully remove all glass by tapping sharply close to the sill with a hammer. Put the glass into a box or bag to dispose of safely.
2. Remove the small pieces of glass left in the frame. Use pliers to gently pull the shards out, and use a pick or other implement for the stubborn bits.
3. Remove the putty from around the frame using a chisel knife and hammer. Slide the chisel knife along the putty and lever it away from the frame. Scrape along the wood to eliminate any bits of putty, taking care not to damage the frame itself.
4. Remove the old glazing points with the chisel knife to ensure the new pane will sit tight against the frame.
5. Measure all four sides of the frame using a tape measure – take the measurement from inside the frame. Cut the glass to a size that is a 1/8th inch less to ensure it will fit easily.
6. Carefully place the glass in the frame.
7. Tack the glass into place using the glazing points; two for each side of the frame.
8. Apply putty around the edges of the window. Overfill, then use a knife to create a smooth surface. Check to see if the putty can be seen from the other side of the window. The frame and putty should be at the same height. Remove any excess with the window tool.
9. Leave to dry, and after a week or so apply decoration as needed.
As you can see, glass replacement is a tricky skill and unless you’re confident in your abilities you could end up with a bodge job that leaves your place even more exposed to the elements or to criminals popping out your glass with ease.
To be sure your glass repair and glass replacement are up to scratch, you should always use a professional. For all your glazing needs, contact Emergency Glazier of London today.