Broken windows often happen without warning, and no matter the cause, finding ways to patch the glass while you wait for a glass replacement isn’t just smart – it’s essential if you want to keep your home safe and secure. While your Denver glass replacement team will do everything we can to fix your windows quickly, you may have to wait a day or two for your new glass. Here are a few simple and temporary fixes you can use on broken windows while you wait for your replacement.
1. Cover the Broken Pane
If a large portion of your window is broken or is missing glass, you’ll need to cover the hole to keep the elements, insects, and pests outside where they belong. You’ll want to choose a sturdy material like plywood, wood, plexiglass, or even plastic sheeting to fill in the damage. Once in place, you’ll have a solid barrier between the interior of your home and the outdoors. Keep in mind that this fix should only stay in place for a few days at most.
If you can’t find something sturdy, like a piece of wood or plastic, you can use trash bags in a pinch. Tape several together to create a sturdy layer of protection, and tack or tape them to the inside of your window.
2. Use Tape
If your glass is cracked, you’ll want to find ways to keep the crack from spreading or growing. The easiest way to do that is to cover the crack with a layer of tape. Masking tape, clear packing tape, or even duct tape can work as a temporary fix. You’ll want to use enough tape to cover the entire crack as well as about 1 inch of glass on either end of the crack. Apply the tape on both the interior and exterior of your window. This should be enough to keep the crack from spreading until your window replacement appointment.
3. Paint the Crack With Clear Nail Polish
If you can fill a crack or pit in the glass, you can strengthen the pane until your window replacement appointment. Though you can use a dedicated glass filling solution, clear nail polish can work just as well in a pinch. Paint the damaged area with a thin layer of nail polish and wipe up any excess from the glass. Let the coat dry and repeat the process for at least three coats. Keep in mind that this is only a temporary fix, but it can keep the damage from growing while you wait on a new piece of glass.
Temporary Fixes Are Just That…Temporary
These fixes are designed to help you keep your home safe and in good condition until you’re able to get your window replaced. They’re not something that will last for weeks on end. If you have a broken window somewhere in your house, don’t ignore it. Schedule an appointment with your trusted Denver window replacement team at Reflection Windows and Doors. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and let our team get your windows back into good condition.