REPLACING BROKEN WINDOW GLASS
When replacing broken window glass, there are a few questions that need to be asked. First, is the window wood, aluminum, or vinyl? Here in South Florida these are the three main types and each one has to be approached differently. Next, is the window a single hung, double hung, awning, ect.? Finally, is the window glass impact or non-impact? Clear or tinted?
Wood windows are usually in older homes and the glass is normally single-strength, clear glass that is putty glazed in the window sash. Aluminum windows are a bit different for replacing broken window glass. Normally the glass is set in the frame with silicone and is held in place with aluminum glazing bead to hold it there while the silicone dries. Then there are the vinyl windows. When replacing broken window glass in vinyl windows there are a couple different ways to do so, depending on the type of vinyl window you have. In a lot of the higher quality vinyl windows it is similar to the aluminum windows, there is a silicone or a two sided sticky tape for setting the glass in the frame and a snap bead holds it there firmly in place. Then there are the vinyl windows that the whole sash has to be replaced because that is how they are made.
For the homeowner that likes to do-it-yourself, remember safety first. Use safety goggles and protective glass gloves. If you don't feel comfortable changing broken window glass, you can always Google search the internet to find a professional in you local area or contact us.