Window Pane Replacement

A broken window pane needs to be fixed immediately, and replacement is something that can be carried out quite easily, even by someone who has no prior experience of doing any home improvement tasks. Replacing a pane is useful in many aspects, as it stops excess air from entering the room as well. Once you have got all the necessary equipment at your disposal, you can follow some easy steps on how to replace panes and restore order in the household.

Equipment Required

There are some specific tools that you will require before you get started with replacing panes, and some of these tools are important for your own safety. There is likely to be a lot of broken glass around the window, and even removing the broken window pane can be a risky prospect, so it is best to use as much safety gear as possible. You will need the following tools before you start out with the replacement.

  • Work gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Replacement window pane
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer
  • Towel
  • Screwdriver
  • Long nosed pliers
  • Glazing compound
  • Putty knife
  • Glaziers points
  • Paint brush
  • Primer that dries fast

Once you have gathered all these tools you can start off with the replacement procedure.

How to Replace Window Pane?

The first thing that you need to do is take the old broken pane out. This can be a tricky step, so you need to be very careful while doing this. It’s important that you follow all safety measures so that you don’t end up cutting your fingers. Whenever a window pane gets smashed there are a few shards of the pane that remain, so these need to be removed completely. Wear your gloves and eye protection while doing this. Now place the towel over the pieces that are remaining and use the hammer to shatter it. Collect the broken pieces in the towel itself and dispose it off in a suitable manner later on. Make sure that no traces of the old window pane are left, as it will be impossible to replace in case they are.

There will be some glazing compound on the perimeter of the pane and you must now proceed to scrape this off with a screwdriver. Now, using your pliers you must pull out any glaziers points that are holding the glass together. These are small triangular shaped metallic objects that need to be out of the way. Your frame is now ready for the replacement as it is completely clean and smooth.

Now comes the most important part, namely, inserting the new pane into place. Follow the guidelines given here to get the best results.

  • Rub the putty into thin strips and press them into the exterior border of the window frame. This will hold the pane in place, and also provide some waterproof protection.
  • Use the putty knife for this purpose and place the new pane into place and push it inside.
  • Now you need to fix up the glaziers points to hold the pane in place. The pointed side needs to be pushed inside into the frame, and you can use your thumb or a screwdriver for this purpose.
  • These glaziers points need to be on all the sides of the window pane, and two glaziers points on the same side should contain at least 8 inches between themselves.
  • Moreover, there should be a glaziers point within 2 inches of each corner on both the sides of the corner.
  • Finally, rub some glazing compound into thin strips and push it inside the small spaces between the window pane and the window frame. Smoothen out the edges using your putty knife.

Double pane window replacements are comparatively more complicated, though the process remains the same. The only difference is that no matter what the damage, the replacement has to be carried out for both the glasses. Only an experienced person can carry out this procedure with ease and finesse, and if this is your first time, you should let someone who knows how to replace window panes handle this task.