How to Fix a Broken Window: Advice for Edmonton Homeowners
Does the window glass need to be replaced?
To keep your home as energy-efficient and safe as possible, we advise that you replace your broken window straight away. A window that is totally shattered is extremely hazardous and should be repaired immediately to prevent further injury. In the event of a cracked window, you should have it replaced as soon as possible, as windows with double or triple panes will no longer be energy-efficient. This will increase your energy costs and cause frost or condensation to form on your windows, which can lead to mold and mildew growth in the window structure as well as the interior of your home.
If you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself, contact your local windows company. They will be able to give you an estimate on how much to fix a broken window.
- Drop cloth, Old Towel or Blanket
- Work Gloves & Protective Clothing
Step 1: Have a trash can nearby to dispose of the broken glass pieces. Always wear protective gear, such as work gloves as well as long sleeves and long pants, to prevent any personal injury. Place an old blanket, towel, or drop cloth on the floor to gather the broken glass pieces.
Step 2: Using extreme caution, remove the broken glass pieces. Should there be any large pieces left in the window frame, use the hammer to break them into smaller pieces to allow for safe removal and disposal.
Step 3: With care, use the dry paint brush to remove the remaining bits of glass from the window frame and casing. You can use the putty knife to scrape away the remaining caulking.
Step 4: Keeping in mind to add a quarter of an inch to insert the glass into the window frame, measure the opening of the window. This measurement must be exact to ensure that the replacement window will fit securely.
Step 5: Board up the window for safety reasons and to protect your home. Purchase or order the replacement window pane.
Step 6: When the new glass pane is in your possession, you can safely replace it. Be sure to wear your protective gear to prevent any harmful situation.Carefully place the new window pane into the window frame. On either side, insert the glazier pint every three to four inches on either side of the window on the edge of the window glass to keep it in place while you prepare the glazier’s compound. Size the glazier’s compound into pencil-sized strips and press each strip around the edge of the window. Use the putty knife to secure the strips into place.
Step 7: Let the compound dry for at least one day. Use rubbing alcohol or paint remover to rid the window of any remaining debris and carefully clean the window.
Should you require additional advice on how to fix a broken window, please contact NorthTech Windows and Doors. We can assist you with removing the broken window as well as replacing the window glass.