Shattered Panes, No Pains: The Easy Guide to Replacing a Broken Window

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If you have a broken window, you should replace it as soon as possible to prevent further breakage and avoid injury. Although it can be a DIY job, handling broken glass can be difficult and dangerous without the right tools and expertise.

Our experts provide emergency repair and replacement services 24/7. When you make an appointment, our professionals will determine whether a simple repair or a complete window replacement is more urgent.

Here’s what you can expect when you call us for emergency repair and replacement services:

  • Our courteous, uniformed professionals will show up on time and put on protective footwear before entering your home.
  • Once inside, we will assess the damage and determine if repair or replacement is necessary. In many cases, it is possible to simply repair the broken glass without completely replacing the window.
  • If a repair is necessary, we will repair your broken window on site. If the glass needs to be replaced, we will order the replacement glass, install boards on the window and schedule an appointment to return to complete the replacement.
  • Once the job is complete, we clean the space and give you advice on how to care for your new window.

How to replace a broken window

If you think you can take care of a broken window yourself, follow these steps to replace your window.

Remember that handling broken glass can be dangerous without the proper knowledge. You should always call a professional to repair or replace a broken window.

  • Before touching broken glass, protect your hands and arms by wearing gloves and protective clothing. You can also lay down a drop cloth to protect your floors and furniture near the damaged window.
  • Carefully remove the broken glass from the window. If all of the glass is broken, the remaining pieces will be easy to remove. If the glass is only cracked, you may need to scrape off the putty or heat the old glazing compound to loosen the broken glass.
  • Clean the window frame to prepare it for new glazing.
  • Carefully measure the area to be glazed. Make sure the new pane is a fraction of an inch smaller than the window it will fill.
  • While you wait for the replacement glass to arrive, board up the window to secure your home and help maintain heating and cooling.
  • Order replacement glass from an experienced glazier. If you are unsure of the dimensions, remove the window frame and take it to the specialist. If you are experienced in working with glass, you can cut your own window using a glass cutter.
  • Install the new glass. Make sure the pane is the right size, then carefully insert it using a glazier’s tool and putty.

If these steps seem too complicated, call a specialist to replace your broken window. We will repair or replace your window, take precise measurements, and repair your window quickly and efficiently.

Should I replace a broken window?

If a window is completely broken, you will want to replace it immediately to avoid injury and protect your home. In the case of a cracked window, you may be wondering whether it should be completely replaced or just repaired.

Cracked windows, especially double-glazed insulated windows, lose their energy efficiency, which increases your electricity bills and causes condensation to form between the panes, ultimately weakening the structure of your window.

Whether it’s a small chip or a larger crack, you need to have your windows repaired or replaced by a certified professional as soon as possible.

Check out more reasons to replace your home’s windows:

We offer low-emissivity (Low-E) and security glass options to improve energy efficiency and provide better protection for your home.

  • Low-E Glass – Commonly called low-E glass, this type of glass reduces heat loss through windows and decreases glare.
  • Tempered Glass – This type of safety glass is extremely strong and durable, and resists forces caused by heat, wind and impact.
  • Laminated Glass – Also called “lami,” laminated glass controls glare, reduces solar energy transmission, and does not shatter into sharp pieces if broken.
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