The glass used in windows is strong, durable and can last for many years, but it’s still glass, which means it can be prone to cracking or breaking if the material gets damaged. It’s important to note that a broken pane doesn’t automatically mean you have to replace the entire window. In most cases, you can simply replace the glass in the windows.
DIY Glass Window Replacement Tips and Techniques
Because of this, it’s best to have a repair strategy for installing replacement window glass before you need it, as well as the right tools and the right materials for the job. While window glass replacement may be time-consuming, it can also be a fun DIY activity when you’re looking for a new project around your house.
Materials and Tools Needed for Window Glass Replacement
When you’re removing a broken pane and installing a replacement window glass, you don’t need a lot of things to do the job. Here’s a list of the tools and materials you’ll need:
- Heat gun
- Putty knife
- Tape measure
- Small wire brush
- Heavy gloves
- Linseed oil
- Glaziers push points
Strategy for Replacing Glass in a Window
The first thing you will need to do is remove the existing piece of glass. Wear heavy gloves and carefully remove pieces of glass from the window. If there’s a piece or two that won’t come out, use a heat gun to soften the old glazing compound.
Next, you will need to clean the window frame and re-glaze it. For older windows, you may need to apply a bead of linseed oil with a brush to condition the wood before you apply the glazing compound.
Measure the area that’s to be glazed, write the numbers down, and use them to order glass at your local hardware store. Make sure the dimensions are as precise as possible.
Use glaziers push points to hold the glass pane in the frame. Then, apply the putty using the putty knife, holding the knife at an angle. Smooth the bead of putty in one motion to help get the most even line. Let the putty dry and then you can paint it to finish.
Is the Job Too Large or Difficult? Call Thompson Creek Window Company
Although it’s not always difficult to replace glass in a window, some windows are more of a challenge than others. For instance, if the window is a dual- or triple-pane window, then the replacement is much more complex. If the job is a large one or involves a window that’s more than a single-pane, then you may want to hire a professional to ensure the job is done right.
The Thompson Creek Window Company can replace your windows quickly and affordably. Contact us today, and we’ll provide you with a free estimate for your window glass replacement today.