Ideally, you would always have your window repair company come out immediately to replace a broken or cracked window. But in real life, things don't always work out that easily. You may not have time to meet up with the glass repair company until your next day off, or you may not have the money to fix the window until your next payday. Whatever the situation, you need a temporary quick fix for your damaged window. Take a look at some short-term strategies for several different types of window malfunctions.
BB Sized Hole
If you have neighbor children that are overly enthusiastic about their BB or airsoft guns, you may wind up with a small, BB sized hole in your window. While this is annoying, you can easily patch this kind of small hole with nothing more than a bottle of clear nail polish.
Just use the nail polish brush to dab a small amount of polish inside the hole, then let it dry. You may have to repeat the step several times until you have enough layers of nail polish to completely fill the hole. You'll know that you're done when the spot is invisible from a short distance. This is one of the simplest glass problems to fix.
Your wooden window panes can begin to swell or warp when you have a lot of rain or when the heat and humidity is high. This can cause your windows to stick and refuse to open, and if you're a little too rough when trying to open it, you're likely to end up with a crack in the glass for your troubles. You'll have to replace the pane eventually, but in the meantime, how can you keep the crack from spreading?
Masking tape is the solution that you're looking for – it may not be pretty, but it will get the job done. What many people fail to do is apply the tape along the crack on both the inside and outside of the window. If you want to keep the crack from spreading, you have to get both sides. The good news is that depending on the length of the crack, your glass company may not have to replace the whole window. In many cases, cracks can be repaired without the need to replace the glass.
If your window's been shattered by hail or an errant baseball, you'll have no choice but to remove the glass entirely. For safety's sake, wear heavy work gloves when you're removing glass shards from the window. Make sure to remove all of the glass before attempting to patch up the window – you don't want to leave any dangerous pieces behind. You can use the sticky side of duct tape to pick up the pieces of glass that have fallen out of the window and onto the floor – this will help you get the small shards that may be difficult to pick up with your work gloves.
You have a few options when it comes to covering the window temporarily. Plastic sheeting or a couple of thicknesses of heavy duty garbage bags stapled over the window will keep the bugs and rain out of your house. Unfortunately, this method isn't very secure. If you're worried about opportunistic burglars, or if it's going to be awhile before you can replace the window, you're going to have to think about more secure options. Nailing a piece of plywood over the empty window is your best bet under those circumstances. You won't be able to see out of the window, but it should deter anyone from getting in.
These quick fixes will protect your window and your home until you can get the professionals from places like D&M Roofing & Guttering, Inc there to repair the glass or replace the window with a new pain of glass.