Depending on what type of window you have in your home or business, when damage is done to the panes, you can sometimes fix the problem yourself. This can save you a lot of money in the long run and keep your window structurally sound so the outside elements are kept at bay. All you need is a few different affordably tools and a little bit of time. Let’s take a look at how you can repair a broken panes windows.
- Remove Glazier’s Points
- Prepare Edge of Frame
- Cut The Glass
- Install Putty
1. Remove Glazier’s Points
A window is fastened on its frame by small points called glazier’s points. They are tapped directly into the frame and are small metal triangles that act like nails. First, you want to use a putty knife to remove the glazing compound that is over the window. From there, you can remove the glazier’s points one by one.
2. Prepare Edge of Frame
A chisel should be used and you want to scrape down the frame to remove the compound that is in place. This is a tedious job but take your time because you could very easily damage the wood if you scrape too much. The wood underneath should be sanded and then sealed with clear wood sealer.
3. Cut The Glass
In order to replace the window, you need to have a new piece of glass to put in its place. You should head to a professional or a hardware store to have the glass cut for you. If you are handy and have done it before, you can cut the glass yourself with a glass cutter. Don’t forget, measure the width and the height of the window’s opening and then subtract 1/8th of an inch from each number. That is your glass size.
4. Install Putty
Glazing putty should be applied in long ropes. One of these ropes will fit into each of the L channels of the window frame. For a more detailed look at this process, you can visit here.
5. Install The Glass
Wear gloves to protect your hands. Slid the glass into the frame and rest it directly into the putty. Two glazier’s points should go into the bottom of the frame and then two more on each side. Use more putty in the frame if need be. Allow to set for a few days before using the window.
Older homes and buildings usually have single panes, unsealed panes windows that are made of glass and this is what we have talked about here. If you have customized windows that are more complex in how they are constructed, you may need to enlist the help of a professional to have the repair done properly. You won’t be able to take on double pane or triple pane windows yourself. For more information on this process, you can visit the site.