While replacements are always an option when you break or replace your glass, keeping a replacement window in your home is an art. There are several ways to repair or maintain your glass to avoid having to replace it. This article will talk about how to do this!
Maintaining and repairing your windows can save you money in the long run as well as help keep the environment in your home clean. Window replacement is a good option for older homes or large, historic homes.
Newer homes might not have the necessary funds to repair or maintain their own windows, but you can do it for less than new ones! Check out some of the tips below and let the Grandma in your life get started today.
Keep window frames intact
If your windows are broken, keep an eye out for potential replacements. You can look for different models and styles of windows to see if there is a difference in how they maintain and repair glass.
Some model names that indicate a window frame that maintains and repairs glass are ASism, NEST, or SANDSTONE. These signify what actions the window frame takes to maintain and repair the window glass.
A SANDSTONE window looks like a normal sash window, but it maintains and repairs sashes instead of wood or vinyl panels. A NEST window similarly maintains and repairs glass, but it uses an electronic system to control when new windows are ready to be installed.
Nest windows must be replaced annually due to their maintenance method, whereas those with a SANDSTONE or NEST style of window can last several years before needing replacement.
Avoid damaging weather
While some people replace the glass in their windows every few years to check for changes in weather or crime, this is not a good way to maintain your window replacement.
Avoiding window damage can include checking when the power bill arrives, as a large portion of your window reimbursement comes from these bills. By checking each year to make sure you have paid your bill, you can keep up this policy for years!
Keeping yourself informed about how your home is protected is important for keeping pieces of your home intact during a window replacement. General safety measures like having proper lighting and adequate roof coverings are also worth considering.
Having an understanding of how much sun and weather conditions affect glass repair is also helpful. As new glass is needed or old ones wear out, the window company can tell when it has been damaged by weather or humans!
Weigh up both sides of the story and let the person in charge know that you notice signs of damage and want it fixed.
Repair cracked glass immediately
If glass breaks in a window, the first step is to determine if it is a safety-related window. If it is, then continue reading.
If it is not, then you can repair or replace the glass as needed. Doing so will save you money in the long run because you will no longer need to purchase new windows.
Replace cracked or broken windows when the seal between the window and its frame has broken. This may be due to cold weather keeping one side warmer than the other. Or perhaps one side was being used more frequently than the other and those differences showed up more clearly on that side.
When repairing cracked glass, take your time and be careful not to break any of the window’s internals.
Know what to look for in replacement windows
While there are many different manufacturers and styles of replacement windows, the basic elements that go into creating a new window are: paper or vinyl siding, window shape/size, and window location.
These elements can make a huge difference in how your new windows look and perform. Let’s take a look at them now!
Paper Siding vs. Wood Siding
The most prominent difference between paper siding and wood siding is in texture. Paper siding is typically printed or woven into the panel it is placed on, while the wood siding is typically stacked onto another piece of wood and painted.
Another notable difference is in how glass is inserted into the panel. With paper siding, the glass is simply glued to the page; with thicker-surfaced windows, it may be installed via trackers.
Use weather stripping
Some glass doors are designed to be permanently closed by weathering or treatment. These include rain gutters, window sills, and some roofed surfaces.
These materials cannot be replaced due to the nature of these systems. With these surfaces, you do not have the option of adding more strength or treating it after it is in place.
Using weather stripping on a glass door is a good way to maintain it. You can buy cheap solutions such as buying a small amount of liquid wax and spreading it on the door before inserting the hinge, which should hold it in place.
You can also use window sealant or an approved sealant that matches your colour scheme. Both of these would need to be placed and pressed into place before the window is painted to ensure enough coverage.
If water comes in contact with the glass, it can cause it to break or seal. This includes when you are preparing food, drinking water, or if you are doing laundry.
To check seals, look for any water seepage or moisture around the glass. If there is any, then stop using the window and call a window repair company to come out and replace the window.
Additionally, check the mechanism that closes the window to be sure it works properly and that it isn’t stuck in a closed position. If that is the case, open the window just enough to see if there is the wind blowing through it and see if it opens easily. If not, call a Window Company to replace the window.
Understand how heat affects glass
When glass is heat-treated, it can be difficult to tell how the glass was treated. Some treatments may require a slight change in colour or texture, and some may not.
Heating a piece of glass very slightly can change its colour or texture. This happens when technicians use a special device to hold the glass as they heat it, or when they add liquid to the piece as they cool.
The liquid adds more treatment, so if you were looking at the glass before it cooled, you could think it was new material because it looked different and felt different. It could also look new and feel nice because you held it for a while!
Bridles are popular tools used by hobbyists and professionals. They are simple wooden clubs or hoes that are shaped like branches with a point on one end and a soft, rounded area on the other. These are typically used to check for cracks and/or repair breaks in branches.
Use a soft cloth with cleaning solution
When dusting or cleaning your glass, use a soft cloth with a high-quality cleaning solution. This will prevent any damage to your glass.
The wrong way to clean your glass can lead to dry and cracked pieces, or even breakage. For example, rubbing alcohol and/or window cleaner can remove some of the glass’s colour, but not all of it.
Drying agents such as distilled water can leave glass spotty and dry. Avoid using strong detergents because they could cause further breakage or removable stains.
Use plenty of water and wet the cloth completely after each application to avoid water drying out the glass. Let the cloth soak for at least five minutes before washing to ensure the cleaning solution makes its way into the piece.
Do not use any type of soap while handling your window due to the possible risk of chemical dissolution or release into exposed surfaces.