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How to Clean Windows After Glass Replacement Work

glass replacement New or old, windows always look better clean. And yet cleaning windows may not be your idea of fun. Perhaps you think it’s too much hard work or dread the thought of all those smudges and smears. Fear not. Armed with the right tips and techniques, you too can make the best of your windows. So whether you’ve had a recent glass replacement job or are thinking about investing in some much-needed glass repair work, learn how to get your windows sparking like a pro.

The Right Tools

The key to easier and more enjoyable window cleaning is having the right tools. Invest in a good quality squeegee and a T-bar style window scrubber. Make sure you have a good-sized bucket –this needs to be big enough for both your squeegee and your scrubber. And don’t forget some good quality lint-free or microfiber cloths, some sponges and your choice of window cleaning detergent.

It’s All About Techniqueglass replacement

First, a few tips on technique. Start by washing your inside windows before moving to the outside, which will always be dirtier. Wash your windows from the top down as this prevents messy drips and smudge marks Finally, use horizontal strokes on one side of the glass and then use vertical strokes on the other – this will help you see which side of the window (if any) has those annoying streak marks.

Now to the Cleaning

Half fill your bucket with warm water and add either dishwashing liquid or two tablespoons of vinegar – whichever you prefer. Bear in mind, if you’re going to use soap be conservative – the fewer suds, the better. Next, grab your squeegee and start at the upper corner of each window.

Pull it evenly across the glass and, after each stroke, wipe the blade with a clean rag. Look out for any glass panes in need of repair or replacement. Remove any excess water with a clean squeegee. Now buff the glass to a sparkle, using crumbled newspaper or a cotton cloth. Finally, using a damp cloth wipe away any water that may have spilled on to the frames.

When and Howglass replacement

Always wash your windows on a cloudy day. Whilst you may see more dirt when the sun is shining, the sunlight will dry your windows too quickly leaving you with streaks on your freshly cleaned glass. Also, keep your windows sparkling by washing them at least twice a year. Not only will this help keep them clean but it will also allow you to check for any window cracks or problems before the cold weather sets in. Nobody wants to have to organise an emergency glass repair or glass replacement service in the midst of arctic temperatures!

If you’re in need of any glass repair or glass replacement work, call us at Emergency Glazier and find out how we can help you.

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Procedures for Glass Replacement

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.

glass replacementEquipment

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

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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.

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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.

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Why The Summer Is Great Time For Office Glass Replacement

In business it’s important to be always moving forward. Most of the time, this means taking on new staff, systems and clients. However, sometimes moving forward could be as mundane as improving the offices you work in, including replacing or upgrading windows. Summer is the best time for office glass replacement for a number of reasons.

Fewer Disturbances office glass replacement

The act of replacing your office windows means you’ll have a hole in the wall. Doing the job during summer means you’re more likely to get the job done without delay caused by bad weather. As an added bonus, the draught created by the temporary holes in the wall will be a cooling rather than a chilly distraction for employees, as it would be in colder times of the year.

Increase Security

Summer can bring security risks, with many businesses closing for bank holidays or forgetting to close windows when locking up in the evening. If you think your office needs updated security, then summer is a great time to improve it by replacing your office glass.

Windows can be an easy point of entry for burglars if they’re old or have worn looking frames. Upgrading to double-glazed windows, if you don’t already have them, is a great move. Security measures can also be fitted in the window frames such as tamper-proof screws and tougher locks to ensure the windows can’t be forced open.

office glass replacement Energy Efficiency

Modern windows are designed to be much more energy efficient, so an upgrade to your windows can help to reduce overheads and reduce your impact on the environment. New windows fitted in summer means air-conditioning bills will be reduced, as new windows filter out more UV rays keeping you cooler than older ones. And when winter rolls around, new double-glazed windows will retain more heat thereby reduced the cost of heating your office in the cold months. All of this means you’ll be significantly reducing your energy demands and burning less fossil fuel, reducing your office’s impact on the environment (and gaining you brownie points with your customers too!).

office glass replacementImproved Aesthetics

Having newer windows fitted will improve the aesthetics of your business premises and make window displays much more attractive. Replacing dated glass and frames with modern windows gives your business a slick, modern and sophisticated appearance, giving a better impression to clients new and old.

Summer can be a great time for office glass replacement. The predictably pleasant weather makes the job quicker and easier than any other time of year. And in replacing your windows, you’re going to make improvements to your business’s energy budget, security and aesthetics.

To find out more about replacing your windows this summer, contact Emergency Glazier of London today.

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Why Summer Is Glaziers Busiest Time of Year

Your windows are most appreciated in summertime as the sun shines into your home, giving you and your belongings an energy they lacked during the long British winters. The sun brings with it a motivation to get active and a need to leave your windows open. This activity can lead to accidental damage, plus leaving windows open increases chances of burglary and theft. Unfortunate events such as these lead to summer being a very busy time for glaziers, from Abbey Wood to Aberdeen.

Summer Sports           glaziers

During the summer, the TV schedule is full of sports inspiring many viewers to get outside and emulate those they see on TV. For many home and business owners in and around areas such as Abbey Wood, this means a variety of cricket balls, tennis balls, footballs and rugby balls are going to be hailing upon their windows, conservatories and patio doors. In many cases, these home and business owners will require an emergency glazier to replace the damaged glass.

Theft and Security Windows glaziers

During the summer months, windows and doors in homes and businesses are left open, allowing a breeze of cool air to circulate throughout. But it’s all too easy for home and business owners to forget their open windows when leaving the premises, meaning their property is an easy target for thieves and robbers. A slight opening can be easily forced, and the resulting damage to windows, doors and skylights keeps glaziers very busy during these months. If you think your home or business might be at risk, call a glazier to assess your windows and fit new security ones if required.

Worn Frames and Seals      glaziers

Sometimes it’s not the glass in the window that calls for a glazier, but the frame. Over the years, window frames and seals become damaged from the various forms of extreme UK weather. Cold winter rain and winds will wear your frames down, and if moisture gets trapped in the frames it can freeze causing damage that escalates over time. Even the summer heat and UV rays cause the frame materials to degrade. Savvy home and business owners realise how much easier it is to replace their windows during the warm summer months, keeping glaziers nice and busy.

If you need a glazier that’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides boarding-up services as well as glazing in the Abbey Wood and surrounding areas, look no further than Emergency Glazier of London. With an average call-out time of 30 minutes and a wide range of different types and styles of glass available, they can help to keep your property safe and dry this summer.