We would love to repair windows and all of your glass repair needs. And we are good at it. Just check our testimonials. However, we know there are several “Do It Yourself” friends who just want to give it a try. So, for all you DIYs, here is some advice to help you with your next project.
When it comes to glass replacement, there are a few steps you need to take in order to successfully pull it off. Glass repair can go smoothly as long as you know what to do. It only takes some basic tools and a few simple steps and you’ll be on your way.
The first thing you will need to do is measure the window frame in which you need to replace the glass. The piece of glass you purchase needs to be a little bit smaller than the opening of the window in order to make room for the new window glass to fit. You need to measure from one inside edge of the window frame to the other inside edge of the window frame. You will then need to subtract anywhere from 1/16 to 1/18 inch in each direction.
After that you will need to have a piece of double-strength glass cut to the exact dimensions that are necessary in order for the glass to fit in the window frame. When purchasing the glazier’s clips or points you will need enough of them to be able to install one approximately every six inches around the window pane.
The next step is to make sure the glass window is sealed into the window frame. This will involve having to take a cord of compound, rolling it and pressing it into the joint of the frame.
You will then need to take a putty knife and smooth the compound around the joint. Once you have accomplished this step, you will then need to remove any extra compound from each side of the window frame.
Once the compound is dry, paint it to match the window frame.
If you follow these steps, your glass windows should be set. Good luck with your next glass repair project.