Mini Guide: Replacing a Broken Window Pane

If you have a broken window it’s definitely something you need to move quickly on. If you leave a window that’s broken unattended you might risk your property getting some further damage. For example if it’s winter you could end up with water damage opposed to just simply fixing a broken window pane.

Follow these quick but important steps on how to replace a broken window pane. Please note that guide is just for a single broken window pane and not an entire window including the frame.

Depending on how bad the damage is would depend on if you can do this as DIY job or not. If you can then you should be able to save yourself some money by not having to hire a professional window replacement company.

When you follow this guide your must wear protective gear.

Here are the steps on how to replace a window.

  1. First things first! Make sure you put on gloves and long sleeves that are specifically meant for glass work. You can pick these up from your local hardware store.
  2. Pick up the broken glass around the area of the smashed window. Make sure you dispose of this carefully. Be sure to thoroughly sweep the area to get all the glass fragments and if carpet was involved make sure to vacuum.
  3. Next you need to make sure all the old glazing is removed from the window pane.
  4. Step 4 is to take careful measurement the now empty window pane so you can buy a replacement window panel. If you are unable to find the right side then you need to give those measurements to a glass professional so they can cut the right size for you. Be sure to also take the exact measurements of the glass pane you need you will need to ask a professional to cut the right size for you.
  5. If you decide to install the new window pane yourself Then the next step is to apply chalk or a glazing compound to the entire outside rim of the glass. This is were the glass connects to the window frame.
  6. Finally you need to use a putty knife to smooth out the glazing compound.

And that’s basically it. You’re done!

It’s important that you follow these steps carefully and to protect yourself at all times. If you are not professional then it might be easy to overlook the safety aspect of dealing with broken glass. Please don’t ever overlook any safety aspects and use the correct protective gear.

Here is a nice video explaining the entire process also.

The other option is to simply call a professional glass firm like this double glazing repairs Bournemouth company that specialises double glazing window repairs. Or check them out on Twitter – Abacus Glazing.

Yes is going to cost you more money but you don’t have to deal with any broken glass or safety gear. Nor do you have to deal with measurements and the installation of a new window pane. If you’re looking to install the window because you’re a natural hobbyist then that’s fine but if you’re just an everyday person who doesn’t really deal with repair work then it might be best to just call a professional to do the job.