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We often pay lots of money for experienced tradesmen, because the jobs they do are dangerous, require special tools and expertise. However, you can do some jobs yourself, to save time, money and hassle! Is this the case with glass repair? Read on to find out…
How much does glass repair cost?
You’d be surprised to know that cheap glass repair is possible, and accessible to all! Generally, to have someone come out and repair a window, you will spend anywhere between £50 and £200, including installation costs.
Here is how much the panes could cost you:
|Window Pane Size||Cost|
|225 x 450mm||£6|
|450 x 450mm||£12|
|750 x 600mm||£18|
|900 x 750mm||£28|
And here is a run-down of the cost of tools for the job:
Without taking into account other replacement parts you may need, the price of which can greatly vary, the cost of all of these materials plus the time it takes to learn how to repair glass may be too costly when compared to hiring a professional.
Save yourself the hassle and hire a professional
Home improvement projects are supposed to be fun, fulfilling and satisfying! Repairing glass yourself can be all of these things but also has a high potential for hazard, shoddy workmanship that subsequently needs repair. This is a complex task that is best done by local professionals. Compare their quotes by taking a minute and filling out our quick online form. Not only will you save the hassle, but our customers have saved up to 40% on the price of their home improvement thanks to us!
How do you repair a window?
Repairing the glass in your window is a tricky task but can be possible with the right tools, proper research and care. However, since it requires certain specialist equipment, you will have to assess whether it will be cheaper to do it yourself or to hire a professional. Here are some benefits to hiring a professional over doing it yourself:
- It won’t take as long
- It won’t be as messy
- Less hassle and frustration
- You will avoid hurting yourself
- You will avoid a shoddy job being done and having to hire a professional anyway
However if you are absolutely sure that you want to repair your own window, here are some ways you can do it! Make sure to research the job as much as possible before doing anything, since working with glass can be extremely dangerous without the right precautions and preparation.
How to repair a glass window:
Glass repair for windows can be done by non-professionals with the right tools and preparation. This is a much easier task for smaller panes of glass than for bigger ones, which will probably require a professional’s expertise to be replaced. Here are some basic steps that could guide you on your way, though we recommend that for a DIY job like this you do lots of research and preparation before embarking on it.
- Make sure to source the same glass used in your original window – take a shard to a DIY store and ask someone there if you’re unsure
- Remove the broken glass – very carefully, using duct tape, safety goggles and gloves
- Wooden windows:
- Chisel out the old putty where the pane used to be
- Remove the old glazier’s points
- Clean and sand down the wood before coating it with a sealant
- Put a new layer of putty where your new pane will sit
- Put in your pane and wipe off excess putty
- Once new glazier points have been installed, seal the exterior with more putty
- Paint the patty to match the sash
- Aluminium or uPVC windows
- If the glass is kept in place with rubber seals:
- Unscrew the sash parts from each other, removing the inside one
- Remove glass fragments
- Set the new pane against the half sash
- Replace the other half and seal them together by using the screws
- If the glass is secured on a continuous rubber gasket:
- Take off the screws on the vertical side of the sash
- Pull it free of the sash
- Take out the glass
- Pull the gasket around the new pane of glass
- Slide the sash together again
- Secure it
- If the glass is kept in place with rubber seals:
How can you do glass repair right?
These jobs can be complicated to do if you haven’t done many home improvement projects before – and even for the more advanced amateur home DIYers, replacing windows is a difficult task best left to professionals. Having a leaky or drafty window can make your life extremely uncomfortable, and windows are expensive to replace. If a job like this is done poorly, you will end up hiring a professional so don’t waste money on a failed DIY attempt if you don’t feel confident doing these things yourself. Take great care if embarking on this task yourself.
How to repair a glass crack
Make sure to work with heavy duty gloves and eye protecting goggles when working with glass windows. You will also need a clear adhesive especially manufactured for repairing glass
- Before you begin, use an air compressor to blow air onto the crack in the glass to get dirt or dust out of it
- Flush the crack with a solvent liquid using an eyedropper, cleaning it completely
- Once clean, put a strip of sellotape on the back of the crack to hold it together
- Put adhesive onto the exposed side of the crack using a syringe or a brush
- Allow to dry before removing the tape
Glass repair isn’t a foolproof job, and if this doesn’t work, you may still need to replace your window glass.
How does glass repair work?
The way you repair your glass depends on the type of glass you have, what style of frame it sits in, how it is damaged and the framing material. If there is simply a crack, you can fill this with adhesive so it is almost good as new. If, however, part of the glass is shattered, it will probably need replacing entirely. Choosing an expert is a good choice in this case, since they have the expertise and safety requirements, saving you the hassle and the research involved.
An expert will also be able to replace your old, worn glass with new glass which will improve your home’s comfort, due to better energy efficiency and noise pollution control. You may even be able to have your glass tinted to shield your home from sun-related issues.
How do you find glass repairs near you?
It can be tough to find the right home improvement provider when you really need them. You may feel vulnerable to pushy sales techniques when you’re desperate for a window glass replacement. Here are some ways to find reputable glass repairs near you:
Ask around for advice
It’s a good idea to get a friend’s opinion on any home improvement specialist you’re looking for. They might know a trusted local tradesman who did a good job for them previously. It can be hard to tell from the outside if a provider will do a job well, so ask a friend if they know someone.
Compare multiple providers
Make sure to compare as many quotes as you can, this is key to getting a fair price for your glass repair. This will ensure you don’t go for the super cheap “cowboy” tradesman, or the one who could rip you off with artificially high prices.
Take your time
Consider the quotes you have gathered with a careful and calm eye, to avoid feeling pressured. This can be difficult when you urgently need a repair but do the best you can to take your time. This will help you to ensure a decision made with rationality rather than sentiment.
Do plenty of research
Talk to anyone and everyone about your glass repair needs. Find out what other people’s experiences have been so you can smell anything fishy a mile off. Know what to expect from your tradesperson, and what the job will entail.
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