We all almost forget about the windows glass until the problem arises. Often, a glass in a window will break and it will start cracking until it cracks all the way and falls apart. Still, you can prevent this by hiring a company and checking window glass replacement tips to make sure the prices are fitting to your budget.
In case you are looking for a cheaper solution, why not consider changing a glass on your own? Of course, you need to have various tools for this work, but it is not a challenging task that takes a lot of time. Below is a quick breakdown of the process and the process of changing the glass.
What do you need to have?
First of all, you will need some tools to pull out this job correctly. You will need:
- A flathead screwdriver
- Heat gun/hair dryer
- Putty knife
- Glazier’s points
- 1 inch brads
- Nail punch
- Window glaze
- Oil based primer
Once you collect everything, you can start with the process of replacement. Do not start if you do not have all these collected, as you will stuck in the middle of process, without the possibility to continue.
Ultimately, due to the lack of the appropriate tools, you might end up breaking something due to using the inappropriate tools. Also, make sure that you check the frames to see how the old glass is held. In case they do have it, you will need a screwdriver to remove it but if it has a glaze, you will need a heat gun/hair dryer to remove it. Do not forget to wear safety glasses and gloves to minimalize the injuries.
The process of removing
The first step is that you see how the glass stands, whether it has a trim or a glaze. In case it has a trim, use a putty knife or a screwdriver to remove it and take out the glass. If it has a glaze, use the heat gun or hair dryer (at the maximum power) to make it soft.
Then, with the help of putty knife, just remove it. Once you are done with that, remove the metal spikes (points) that keep window secure. Use pliers to remove these, or alternatively just bend them. Do not forget to wear gloves as the glass can inflict serious damages to your hands if you do not handle it well.
Now, remove the one corner of glass sheet from the frame by pulling it gently, and do the same with the other side. Remove or bend the points until you remove the old and replace it with the new sheet of glass. If there was a trim, place it again and the new brads in the nail holes. Use hammer to tighten these.
Use oil-based glaze to reglaze the window once you install new glass. Start from one corner and move along to the other one, forming a flat layer of glaze. Do not forget to do this at all four sides of window! Make sure you let it “seal” and glaze for ten days before you apply the oil-based primer for wood. Finish the paint of the window and viola!