A Guide to Glass Repair

A damaged window can have a significant impact on how well the building performs. To avoid temperature imbalances and draftiness, it may be necessary to repair the damage as soon as possible. This article explores the steps a contractor will take to repair a damaged glass window. Read on to find out more.

Damage Assessment

When a window has been damaged, the first step that needs to be taken is to make an assessment of the damage. The contractor will take note of how badly the glass is broken and if any loose pieces may fall out easily. The contractor will also check if the problem area is isolated or if it spans across more than one pane of glass.

Removal of Broken Glass

The contractor will use a putty knife or glazier's tool to carefully pry any remaining shards of glass out of the frame. A vacuum is then used to remove any pieces of glass that were missed by hand and finally, a cloth dusted in mineral spirits will clean up any remaining fragments of glass.

Replacement of Broken Glass

The contractor will measure the frame of the window using a special framing square to determine size. The appropriate-sized piece of glass is then cut out by the contractor using a handheld glass cutter. The cut glass is cleaned up with an abrasive wheel and smooth edges are created with a grinding wheel. The glass is lifted into the frame using a suction handle. Once the glass is in position, the edges of the glass are coated with silicone sealant. This will keep out moisture and any drafts of air.

Temporary repairs

If you do not have the time or money to replace the entire window, a contractor may carry out a temporary repair. This normally involves laying plastic in the window frame to stop rain from getting in. They may also use adhesive tape to hold the plastic sheeting in place. Temporary repairs are only effective for a limited time. It is important to get permanent repairs carried out as soon as possible to restore the window to its original condition. If you do not, there is a risk that your windows will be damaged further or that water damage may occur, leading to wood rot and mould growth.

If you would like to find out more, you should contact a glass repair contractor today. They will be happy to provide further assistance.