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10
Nov
2015

Temporary window fixes while waiting for a replacement


It has happened to just about everyone – a damaged or broken window when it couldn’t possibly be more inconvenient. Whether as a result of a somewhat reckless house party or another unwelcome element, a damaged window will need to be taken care of as soon as possible. Of course, if the damage occurs at night, over a weekend, or during a holiday period, you might need to wait for a professional to make their way to your home. If this is the case, there are some quick fixes that you can perform yourself just to see you through until you get a new window.


If the window is cracked, there are several things you can do to stop the crack from spreading. Small cracks resulting from hail or gravel can be held together with a transparent nail polish type substance. It will fill in the crack, but you will need to apply more than one layer. Super glue might work on larger cracks. Like nail polish, you will need to apply several layers, and you will have to wait for each layer to dry properly before applying the next one. It’s also important to clean and dry the affected area thoroughly before performing your temporary repair.


You can sometimes use masking tape or clear packing tape, but this will only work if you are able to access to both sides of the glass. Double pane windows usually make this impossible. In addition, moisture will cause the tape to come loose. The summer heat can also cause the adhesive substance on the tape to melt.


For shattered glass, you should wear protective gloves and footwear. Pick up all the broken pieces off the floor and remove and loose pieces from the window. Apply a plastic trash bag to the exterior of the window and another one to the interior. Secure in place using plenty of tape. This will help keep the wind, rain, and bugs out until you can get somebody to replace the window.


Another alternative to sealing up a broken or shattered window would be to board it up from the interior or exterior. This will require securing the boards to the frame or surrounding walls so be prepared for some extra touch up work if you choose this method. That said, it is somewhat more stable than the plastic bag method. In some cases, homeowners choose to secure boards to the exterior and plastic inside for added insulation.


At NorthShield Windows and Doors, we know just how important it is to keep your Winnipeg home in top shape. If your windows need retrofitting or replacement, call us for a free in-house estimate!

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