Homeowner’s Guide: Who Can Replace a Broken Window

Who can replace a broken window? Is this a question you have been asking yourself since one of your windows cracked? Is this something you can do on your own or should you hire a professional to ensure that the job is done right? 

There are some instances in which you can safely and easily repair or replace a broken window on your own. Always keep in mind that it can be dangerous to handle broken glass. One of the key factors is to replace or repair the broken window as soon as possible. Waiting too long can cause more damage to the window or even personal injury.

For any reason, if you do not feel confident enough to do the job yourself, it is best to enlist the help of a professional contractor. Contact your local windows company to order replacement windows Barrie. Most companies also provide professional installation as well. 

Keep reading for tips on how to replace a broken window.

Who Can Replace A Broken Window: How To

Does the window pane need to be replaced?

In order to prevent injuries and further damage, if the window glass is completely shattered, it is best to replace it immediately.  For a cracked window, it is not as urgent, but it should be replaced as soon as possible. Double or triple pane glass windows are no longer as energy efficient which can raise energy cost and cause frost or condensation to form on your windows. 

Repairing a Broken Window

Items you will need:

  • Work Gloves
  • Safety Goggles or Glasses
  • Replacement Window Pane
  • Putty Knife
  • Dry paint brush
  • Small Hammer
  • Trash Bin
  • Drop Cloth (or old towel)
  • Putty Knife
  • Glazier compound and points

Step 1: Cover your work area with an old towel or drop cloth. Wear protective gear including safety goggles, work gloves and long sleeves and long pants. Keep a trash bin nearby for broken glass bits. 

Step 2: Using extreme caution, remove the broken glass. Carefully use a hammer to safely remove the larger remaining pieces. 

Step 3: Use the dry paint brush to carefully remove any debris that is remaining from the window casing. A putty knife can be used to scrape any caulking that has been damaged as well. 

Step 4: Making sure to include the ¼ inch that will be inserted into the window frame, carefully measure the opening of the window. Measure at least twice to ensure that you are getting the correct measurements so the replacement glass will be a proper fit. 

Step 5: Board up the window and order or purchase the new window pane. Carefully boarding up the window will prevent injury as well as protect your home from outside elements such as bugs and harsh weather conditions. 

Step 6: When the window pane is delivered, carefully insert the glass into the window frame. Wear the protective gear mentioned in step 1. Place the glazier point on both sides. Once the unit is secure, glazier points should be added every 3 to 4 inches around the window edge to keep it secure until the glaziers compound is applied. Roll out the compound into pencil-sized strips. Gently press the strips around the window frame edges. Gently use a putty knife to press it into place. 

Step 7: Let the window sit 24 hours to dry completely. Clean the window and paint the window frame. You can use rubbing alcohol or paint remove to remove any remaining debris once the paint is completely dry. 

Still not sure who can replace a broken window? Contact Total Home Barrie for expert advice on window and door replacement today.