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07 Feb

How to Fix a Cracked Window

So, maybe you got a little carried away mowing the lawn and a rock flew and chipped one of the windows in your home. Or, perhaps the neighborhood kids got into a game of dare and threw a few stones at your place causing minor damage. There is a chance that you don’t need to replace the entire window. If it’s a small chip or crack, here is how you can fix it yourself until you are ready to have it replaced or upgraded.

 

Get Ready

Make sure the window that you are going to fix is clean so that whichever product you decide to use to patch up the blemish will stick. The glass should be totally dry and all dirt, oil, or debris should be removed. Make sure to be careful when cleaning the area to repair. It’s very easy to cut yourself on jagged glass at this point.

 

The Fixes

First there are the faster more temporary fixes that you can consider using. Tape will work, at least for a while depending on the amount of time you are planning to wait to have your window replaced. Simply tear a strip of clear packing tape and place it on the outside of the window, paying close attention to make sure that it covers the chip or crack entirely. The tape should keep moisture out, except in very hot conditions where the adhesive may melt a bit, and it should also keep the crack or chip from spreading.

Another method you can try to fix the crack is clear nail polish. This method is a bit time consuming as you will have to apply the polish to the crack or chip, let it dry and then continue to repeat the process until the crack is full. The repair will look great, if you have the patience to execute this.

A more industrial approach would be to use silicone sealer. This does have an advantage over nail polish, as it won’t take you all afternoon. Simply smooth the silicone sealer over the crack and smash it in with a flat tool like a knife or a popsicle stick to get a smooth finish over the window pane…. And voila! A repaired window.

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