Glass is a fickle thing. Most days it’s strong as brick, protecting the inside of your home from the outside world. It just takes one rock thrown from a well-meaning lawnmower, one ball thrown from an eager ball players glove, or one golf swing gone awry for its strength to be tested in a big visual way. If any of these scenarios, or countless others, have you staring at broken windows in your home, here are the steps for window glass installation.
First step for window glass installation
The first step for window glass installation is to remove the broken glass. You should don heavy gloves to protect your hands from the glass, and eye protection. It’s also smart to use a heavy-duty tape to form an X in the middle of the broken glass. If the whole pane is shattered, you can cover as much of it as possible with tape. This will keep it together as you remove it from the window.
The second step for window glass installation
Next you’ll need to remove the glazing medium that’s used to hold the pane in place. Once that’s removed, you should be able to remove the broken pane. If it doesn’t come out with ease, you can try and wiggle it free with your gloved hands. If there is old, stubborn glazing still holding the pane in place, a utility knife might be useful in breaking it free.
Prepping for new glass
You’ll need to measure the glass carefully, which is smart to do before you remove the broken pane. Measure the opening of the pane, the width, and the height of the replacement glass. You’ll also want to know how thick your old glass is. You can buy sheets of replacement glass, or pieces cut to specific dimensions, at most home improvement stores.
Replacing the glass
Once you have your replacement glass in place and ready to go, use your still-gloved hands to drop it into position. Use glass points to secure it into the putty that’s used to keep the window in place. Apply glazing to the edges which will hold the glass in place once it’s dry. And you’re done.