Residential Glass Replacement What to do when your window breaks


What to do when your window breaks When a window in your home cracks or breaks – whether from an errant throw or hit by a neighborhood kid’s baseball – or being struck by a tree branch or other storm debris – you’ll need to get it repaired quickly.  Your first step will be to immediately call a Glass N Pane for repair, but it’s important to know what to do if it’s after hours or the repairman can’t get to your house right away.

Following are some helpful tips on how to do your own “emergency” repair as a temporary fix to keep the elements out of your home – in addition to maintaining security and a comfortable temperature.

  • For a window crack, your main objective is to keep the cold air and rain out until the pane can be replaced.  Using duct tape or clear heavy packing tape, apply it on top of the crack on both the inside and outside of the window.  Be careful not to push too hard or you may end up making the crack worse or breaking the pane out of the window completely.
  • If the window is shattered or has a gaping hole, you’ll need to remove all of the remaining glass pieces from the window.  If the pane is very large, you may need to first remove the window frame and place it on a flat surface before removing the broken glass pieces.  But for most window sizes, you should be able to accomplish the task with the window frame in place.

Be sure to wear heavy gloves and protective eye wear.  Lay down a tarp to protect the area around the window as well as to collect any pieces of glass.  You can remove the broken shards piece-by-piece, which is often easy to do.  Or you could cover the broken window pane completely with masking tape, and then gently tap the glass with a hammer handle to loosen it.

Now you need to cover the open area until the glass can be replaced.  You can cover the area with thick plastic or a section of heavy duty trash bag, stapled or taped over the opening.  If the window is double pane  but only one pane was broken, this will give you some additional protection.  In cold weather, you can create a bit of a thermal barrier by adding bubble wrap or hanging a heavy quilt over the entire window.

These do-it-yourself procedures should give you some peace-of-mind and comfort until Glass N Pane arrives!