Fixing Cracks in Your Glass
While the title of this post has a whimsical rhyme and wit to it, there’s nothing funny about cracks in your glass. Anything as small as a wine glass to anything as major and life-disturbing as the windshield of your car – it doesn’t matter, we never realize how important glass is until damage is done to it. At Valley Windows, that should never be a problem. Our windows and doors provide you with a better view and we’ve been doing it for decades. We recruit the very best talent to research optimal materials, sync on best processes and always, always, always provide the highest level of customer service to everyone that we interact with. A vital component of customer service is tactics like this blog, where we share all of the intel and engaging education we possibly can about the industry. You shouldn’t always have to pick up a phone at the drop of a hat and discern the easiest way to solve a problem related to your home. That’s why we’re your one-stop-shop for advice. The topic of today’s advice? How to fix cracks in your glass.
Let’s start with the quick fixes. There is nothing wrong with using tape. You can leverage clear packing tape or masking tape on a crack as long as it’s not major or very large. Just make sure that you apply the tape to both sides of the glass – this is what will keep in intact. Extend the tape far beyond the end of the crack and press gently but firmly. The last thing you want is to increase the size of the crack. Bonus? It’s also what will ensure that water doesn’t seep in from outside until you have a longer-term solution. We call this a Band-Aid solution, because that’s quite literally what it is. It will solve the problem in the short-term, but that doesn’t mean that you should put off a permanent solution.
The other challenge you can run into while applying Band-Aid fixes, is creating additional cracks. Don’t blur your eyes when this happens. Instead, know that it’s best to remove the entire frame of glass (carefully), wearing the proper attire like heavy gloves. Remove the putty first, next the glazier’s points that you can find around the edges. Next, until you’re able to source a new pane of glass, you’ll want to cover the opening with thick plastic sheeting. No need for heavy duty tools, you can staple the plastic to the window frame.
Level three is when you need to bring in the professionals. We are all about pursuing do-it-yourself projects, but we also want to ensure that you are doing so in a safe and secure manner. If you’re replacing a broken pain in a window, it’s time to leave it to the experts. It’s the best way to know that you’re getting your money’s worth and that the job is being done properly.
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