Replacing Broken Window Glass

  • Beginner

Whether it’s a baseball, a rock, or a bird, they always almost seem to find your windows and you instantly have a hole and lots of broken glass. If it has happened more than once, it may seem to be tiring to be going through the same thing over and over again. It may get frustrating having to spend all that time, money, and effort on something that you feel like you'll be replacing again before long. However, there are some alternatives and other techniques for replacing broken window glass.

Wire Glass

Installing wire glass is an alternative process in replacing broken window glass. It increases the level of safety brought by ordinary glass. A wire mesh is inlaid in the glass, to prevent it from shattering. Its primary purpose is to withstand fire, and is an excellent upgrade for basements and cellars, but will also work any place in your house. It is actually recommended that installing wire glass be left to a professional since it is a specialized type of glass. Installing it yourself could do more harm than good.

Tempered Glass

This particular type of glass is much more durable than ordinary glass. This is another option that you may want to consider when replacing your broken window glass. Usually preferred by automakers, due to its strength, tempered glass can be installed in a few easy steps. You can purchase this at your local glass store. However, you need to tell them the exact measurements that you need, because you cannot cut glass that has been tempered. Once you have the specifications of the glass, you can now install it as normal.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is another durable option for your broken window. It has a plastic film sandwiched between 2 sheets of glass. When the glass shatters, the plastic film between will catch most of the glass fragments instead of it flying and falling everywhere. These panels are usually held on by a metal frame and retainer strips. In order to change them, use a flat blade screwdriver to pry off the strips, being careful not to damage them. Once the strips are removed, the glass should be free to come off. When installing the new one, remove the damaged pane from the metal frame first, then fit it in the new laminated glass. Line up the glass inside the opening, and have a friend help you do this, while you reinstall the retainer.

Polycarbonate Panels

Although it is not a glass and falls under the family of plastic, polycarbonate is a great alternative, because it is much cheaper than laminated glass, and it is almost indestructible. Installing a polycarbonate panel will require cutting the panel, which can be done with a jigsaw. Once you have achieved the exact measurement of the pane, the installation procedure is actually the same as glass. However, the usual glaze may not be able to handle the plastic due to its expanding properties. Instead, use glazing compounds that are silicone-based. This is a great alternative for your broken window glass.