Replacing A Small Glass Pane On Your Own

If you have a wooden window or door that consists of several smaller glass panes, and one of them has a visible crack or break in it, you will want to have it replaced quickly to avoid injury. It is not that difficult to do a glass replacement job on your own with the help of the right tools. Here are some instructions to help you replace a small window pane yourself.

Materials You Will Need

  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Tarp or old sheet
  • Masking tape
  • Hammer
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Mild detergent
  • Bucket of water
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • New pane of glass
  • Wood putty
  • Friend
  • Utility knife
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

Removing The Broken Glass

Place a tarp or old sheet down on the floor next to the door or window you are repairing. This will help you catch any stray shards of glass. Put on a pair of heavy-duty gloves and some eye protection to help keep yourself safe as you remove the old pane of glass. Tape the broken pane diagonally in both directions, forming the letter “X” with the tape. This will help keep the pieces from shattering and falling in different spots. 

Lightly tap on the broken pane of glass using the handle of a hammer. Pick larger shards out of the frame by hand. Smaller slivers may need to be removed with the help of a pair of needle-nose pliers. Put your shards on the tarp or sheet and roll them inside so you can move them without dropping pieces on the ground.

Placing The New Glass

After you have removed all the old glass, wipe down the window frame before you place the new piece of glass in place. This will help the wood putty to adhere without obstructions or dirt particles getting in the way. Wipe down the interior of the frame with a non-abrasive sponge dipped inside soapy water. Rinse with water after cleansing and allow to dry completely.

Have a local glass shop cut you a new piece of glass to fit into your window or door. Have a friend help you direct the new pane of glass into the frame by holding it while you adhere it into place with putty. Roll a piece of the wood putty in between your fingers to help soften it. Roll it into a cylindrical shape, about the width of a pencil. Push the putty against the edge of the glass so it centers over both the glass and the frame. Use your finger to push it into place. 

Do this with the other three edges and then repeat on the other side of the window or door with the other four edges. Use a utility knife to cut away any extra putty after it hardens. You will then be able to paint the frame to match the rest of your door. 

For further assistance, contact local window repair professionals, such as those from City Window & Glass repair.

2 Windows That Can Make Your Home More Relaxing

Choosing to replace the windows in your home is a great idea because doing so can improve your home in a wide variety of ways. Depending on the style of the windows that you choose, you can make your home more secure, comfortable, and energy efficient. For example, installing soundproof and electrochromic windows can make your home into a more relaxing place to spend your time. Read on to find out how.

Soundproof Windows

Soundproof windows are one of the best choices available if you live near a busy intersection, highway, or have noisy neighbors. These types of windows will often be constructed from a single thick piece of glass or two panes of glass with empty space in between them.

While these windows will not allow you to completely soundproof your home, they will block up to 95% of the noise that is attempting to enter your house via the window. In addition to making the inside of your home more quiet and relaxing, these windows will also block noise that is attempting to exit your home via the windows. This will let you listen to music, play games, or watch movies at higher volumes without having to really worry about bothering your neighbors.

Electrochromic Windows

Electrochromic windows are great for controlling how much light enters a house because you can adjust them to varying degrees of darkness at the touch of a button. You can choose to make the glass completely opaque to provide maximum privacy, or you can simply darken the glass a bit to keep some of the light out without spoiling your view.

Electrochromic windows are a good choice for a home office or theater because they can prevent glare from interfering with your monitor, projector, or television screens. In addition, an electrochromic window is ideal for anyone who needs to sleep during the day as it can make your room almost perfectly dark and relaxing. In most cases, an electrochromic window will reflect about 98% of light.

A nice added benefit of electrochromic windows is that they can make your home more comfortable by keeping your home’s temperature cooler. This is because the blocked sunlight will not be able to get into the home and heat it up. This will also save you money because you will not need your air conditioner as much.

Speak to a window contractor or dealer today in order to discuss the many fantastic window options that are available to you. Soundproof and electrochromic windows are both ideal options if you want to make your home more comfortable and relaxing. Search for “glass replacement scarborough” to find window businesses near you.

Understanding And Correcting Window Condensation In Your Home

Foggy windows, dripping condensation, and streaks inside insulated glass panels are all frustrating issues. The cause of the fogging depends on your window type, but no glass is immune. Read on to discover what is making your windows fog up, and find out what you can do to remedy the problem.

Condensation Causes

Fog occurs because of a combination of temperature differences between the inside and the outside of the glass, combined with humidity. Condensation occurs on the inside of glass when the windows are poorly insulated, so the interior of the glass is colder than the room. Moisture then condensates on the glass surface, much as it would on a cold soda can on a hot day.

With insulated glass, the condensation sometimes occurs between the layers of glass. This is more of a concern, because it means there is a leak in the seal between the glass panels. Not only does this lead to interior condensation, it also means the insulated glass has lost much of its insulation properties.

Damage Disasters

Condensation goes beyond being a nuisance, it can also lead to damage. As condensation builds up, it begins to drip. If you have wood or painted window frames or sills, this can lead to warping, paint damage, or mildew growth.

In extreme cases, the moisture may run down over walls, damaging the drywall, or drip onto the floor beneath where it can cause moisture damage to flooring or carpeting.

Single Pane Solutions

Single pane windows that develop condensation easily can benefit from more insulation. Do this by replacing the windows with double-pane insulated glass. Not only will this replacement prevent most condensation, it will also improve the energy efficiency of your home.

If replacement isn’t an option, then you can try a combination of running a dehumidifier and keeping the temperature in the room lower.

Thermal Troubles

When condensation builds up between the panes of double or triple pane thermal windows, it may be time to replace. These windows have a gas filler, usually argon, between the panes to provide the insulation. When something damages the seal, the gas escapes and moisture finds its way in.

There are some window companies that fix these windows using a drying and venting process. This prevents moisture from building up between the glass again, but it doesn’t restore the insulation qualities of the glass. Generally, replacement is recommended to ensure the windows are performing properly. Contact a glass repair service to learn more.


Why You Should Stay Away From Dealership Windshields

For dealer-loyal car owners, the impulse to take your vehicle to the dealership for maintenance and repairs like a new windshield is irresistible. And why not? Because they specialize in a certain vehicle make, dealership technicians are very knowledgeable about the needs of your car and have access to all the right replacement parts. Their expertise makes them feel reliable and reputable. When your windshield is beyond repair and needs to be completely replaced, should you visit your dealer?  Unbelievably, there comes a time when it is better to avoid your dealership and visit an automotive glass shop like Hartwell’s Glass & Mirror Co Ltd instead.

  •     Dealership windshields are overpriced!

Dealerships charge around three times more for a windshield than most professional glass shops for several reasons. First, they must be able to cover costs associated with the wide range of vehicle services they provide such as engine work, bodywork, and tires. Glass shops can charge less because they specialize in one area only:  vehicle glass. Secondly, dealerships have to pay for those yummy donuts and coffee that are always available in the service lobby. Finally, that little VW or Toyota logo in the corner of the new windshield is expensive, much like the logo on your favorite pair of designer jeans. You will pay for it.

  •  Dealer windshield glass is the same as OEM glass.

So, you want that brand name logo on your windshield, certifying it is a true VW or Toyota part. Surprisingly, OEM, or original equipment manufacturer, windshields are made from the same template as dealer glass. The only difference is the little logo stamp in the corner giving the manufacturer’s name that increases the price you pay at the dealer.

OEM glass is manufactured at the same places dealership windshields come from like PGW, Carlite, Mopar, and Pilkington. The auto glass meets all federal safety standards whether it is has the special stamp or not. Many auto glass shops use this superior OEM glass instead of cheap aftermarket alternatives.

  • Some insurance companies will not pay for dealer windshields.

Unless your car is pretty new when it needs a new windshield, or aftermarket parts are not available, your insurance company will not authorize and pay for dealer glass and labor. Check the fine print in your insurance policy or talk to your agent first so you are informed for future inquiries.

Whether you plan to let your auto insurance pay for the new windshield, or you wish to pay for it yourself, it helps to know when to avoid your dealership and visit the glass shop instead. You will save money and still receive a safe, new windshield just like one your dealer would give you. Your car will probably not think you are being disloyal!