When it comes down to it, there will come a time when you have to replace glass windows in your home. Anything can happen – the kid next door could send a baseball through your window or your windows could be old, flimsy, and cracked. Before you replace your glass, though, you want to know exactly what you are doing. If you miss one step, you could have major problems with energy leakage and you may be creating a scenario for more damage in the future. Fortunately, if you are a little bit handy, you can replace window glass quite easily. Here are some ways that you can replace broken window glass in your home.
- Make sure that you remove the broken pieces of glass still stuck in the pane. When you have a broken window, you want to be sure to remove the broken pieces of glass before you install a new pane. You can do this by pulling the fragments out with pliers. Be sure to wear gloves, because you don’t want to injure yourself.
- Remove the old sealant. Before you can place the new pane in the frame, you want to remove all the old sealant and caulking. You can do this by literally stripping it off. If there is residue left, you can use a spackling knife to chip the pieces off. After that, you want to use sandpaper to remove the final layer. On top of that, you want to use a blower tool to remove all the dust and debris.
- Find a glass or window source. After you removed the sealant, you want to measure the window space and purchase new panes. If you need more decorative glass, you may want to visit a company like Imaging Sciences. If you simply want clear glass, you can probably visit your local home supply shop. Ideally, you want to find panes that have an insulating layer, because you want your glass to help keep your home energy efficient. Some glass can be too thin, so it is worth spending the extra money.
- Place the new glass in the frame. When you have the new glass, you want to carefully place it in the frame. This is the delicate part of the job and you may need a friend there with you – just to help hold the glass. This is especially important if the pane of glass is particularly large. When you place the glass into the frame, you want to use clamps to hold it in place.
- Seal the glass in place. Once the glass is in and clamped, you can then use sealant to permanently hold the glass. After you place a layer of sealant in, you can then use caulking to fix the glass in place. You can usually find a caulking gun at your local hardware store. Adding the caulking is as easy as lining it along the edge of your pane. In the end, you can wipe away the excess caulking to finish the job.