4 Tips For Replacing A Single-Pane Glass Window

Single-pane glass windows are basic windows that are found in many homes. If your window broke, the following tips can help you replace them. This includes tips on removing the old windows and installing new ones.

Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin replacing the single-pane window, make sure you have all the right tools and supplies. For this type of home repair project, you will need:

  • Protective gear
  • Towel
  • Replacement glass
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Putty knife
  • Newspaper and paper box
  • Paint brush
  • Linseed oil
  • Glazing tool
  • Glazing compound
  • Heat gun
  • Spring clips
  • Sandpaper

Remove The Old Glass Window

The first step is to remove the old glass window, including any broken pieces inside the frame. It is important to wear safety gear before you work with glass, including gloves and eye protection. Put on your gloves and goggles and start removing the broken pieces of glass. Pull out the loosest pieces first, then start working on shards of glass still stuck in the frame. Be very careful as the sharp edges can cut you on your arm or other parts of your body. Go slowly and never try to rush this step. When a piece of glass comes out of the window, place it on a large piece of newspaper. Once all shards of glass are on the newspaper, wrap it up very carefully and put it in the paper box. Bring the glass pieces to a recycling center when you get the chance.

Prepare The New Window

You can now start preparing the new single-pane window. If your window frame is metal or vinyl, there are probably spring clips around the frame. These need to be removed first, which can be done done with a screwdriver or pliers. Wood frames usually have a glazing compound or putty that needs to be removed. Use your putty knife to remove the compound from the window frame. You can also try heating the putty with a heat gun to soften it prior to removal. There may also be small metal triangles in the frame called glazier's points, which also must be removed.

Add The Window Glass

Once all of this has been removed, you should grease the frame with your linseed oil. This will allow the new putty or compound to stick better. Once you have added the oil, apply a layer of your glazing compound to the frame with the glazing tool. It is thick, but try to use only a thin layer around the frame. Carefully place the new glass into the window frame and position it correctly. Add your spring clips and glazier's points back into the frame to secure the window. You now need a little more glazing compound around the edges of the glass in order to fill the gaps between the glass and the window frame. Let the compound dry for several days before you paint the frame.

For more information, contact a company like Gulf Coast Builders Inc.