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In order to keep your home secure, it is vital to replace broken windows as soon as possible. Not only can a broken window be a threat to the safety of your home and everyone in it, it could also result in expensive heating bills and even a damp problem.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to replace broken windows without breaking the bank.
Are your windows double glazed or single glazed?
First, it is important to figure out whether your windows are double (or even triple) glazed or single glazed.
Single glazed glass panes are relatively easy to replace yourself.
Double or triple glazed broken windows may need to be repaired by a professional.
Replace broken windows: single glazed
Before you even attempt to work with glass, it is important to take all the necessary safety precautions. For example, you will need thick work gloves and safety glasses. Your local DIY shop should be able to advise you further.
Measure your window to find out what size your piece of glass will need to be. Some DIY stores offer a glass cutting service. Alternatively, you can search for a specialist glass supplier near you. Talk to them about the type of glass you will need.
You can also order glass online to be delivered to your home. However, this may not be as quick as going to your local DIY store. Here, someone may be able to do it for you on the spot.
To begin with, you will need to remove the remaining glass from the frame. Usually, glass is held into wooden frames with a special type of nail, known as a glazier’s point, then covered with putty.
Use a putty knife to gently scrape away the putty before removing the glazier’s points. Then remove the glass. Make sure you are wearing the correct safety gear before attempting this.
When everything is removed, sand and seal the wooden frame.
Once your frame is dry, roll some new glazier’s putty into thin “tubes” and push it onto the frame. Then, gently place your glass onto the frame (it should be sitting on your putty) and begin to install new glazier’s points. How many you will need varies depending on the size of your frame – ask your local DIY store for advice.
Now, apply more of the rolled glazier’s putty. Gently push it in all around the frame (you will need to do the outside, too).
Smooth out the putty with a putty knife at a 45-degree angle.
Replace broken windows: double glazed
It is not as simple to replace broken windows that are double glazed.
You may need to ask a professional to replace the double glazing.
Alternatively, there are online shops which offer double glazed sealed units for sale.
Replace broken windows on a budget
A broken window could be a good opportunity to upgrade your windows from single glazed to double glazed.
Window frames made from PVCu (plastic) are one of the cheapest ways to replace broken windows.
PVCu windows do not require maintenance, making them a very attractive option for those of us who do not have time to regularly repaint wooden frames.
The price of PVCu windows does vary, so it is worth getting a quote from a number of different suppliers.
Some people find wooden window frames more visually appealing.
If you want wood but are on a limited budget, softwood is a cheaper alternative to hardwood.
Money to replace broken windows
Even if you choose to replace broken windows yourself, there are still costs involved. Depending on its size, a new pane of glass can cost over £50. Plus, you will need to buy the safety gear, as well as the other materials required to do the job.
If you need to replace double glazing, it can cost much more.
If you do not have the money to make these essential repairs on your home, you could ask family or friends to help out.
Otherwise, you could consider taking out a personal or payday loan.
Payday loans were originally brought about to help with emergency one-off costs, such as having to replace broken windows.
Some payday lenders offer the ability for you to have money in your bank account in as little as one hour if you are approved for a loan.
As with any type of financial product, it is vital to ensure that you can comfortably afford to pay back anything that you borrow.