Window glass replacement is a relatively easy DIY job, so many people feel the pressure to get it done themselves instead of hiring a pro. Is this always the best way, however? Let’s take a look.
DIY window glass replacement
Window glass replacement is, indeed, a very easy DIY job. Once the broken glass is safely chipped out of the frame alongside the old putty, you need to get a pane of glass cut to the exact specifications of the frame. From there, the new glass is lifted into place, and you apply and smooth fresh putty to hold it in place. Once the putty has dried, you can paint it over, or use a frame treatment of choice.
Why use a professional glass service?
Given that it’s such an easy and accessible task, why do people often outsource window glass replacement? Firstly, despite the relative ease of the job, it’s still a job you need to do. If you can’t find the time to get it done, it’s easier to let a pro take the weight off of your shoulders then spend weekend after weekend with cracked glass.
Secondly, not all glass is created equally. From large window panes where simply maneuvering the glass sheet into place is a risk and headache, to custom shapes and multiple panels, sometimes it’s better to let someone with all the tools needed to safely handle dangerous sheets of glass take over. Especially when you consider that large glass sheets can be pricey- and you don’t want to need to replace your replacement!
Most of all, however, handling broken glass can be dangerous, and needs proper safety precautions that are second nature to a professional installer. If there’s frame damage or anything else that needs doing with the window at the same time, it’s also a great idea to let a pro evaluate the setting and get everything done in one.
While not every broken glass pane needs you to hire a professional glass service, letting a pro handle window glass replacement sometimes just makes sense.