One thing that I loved about my house when we bought it three years ago was the greenhouse in the yard. I knew that it needed a lot of work, but knew that I would eventually get around to making the repairs and would have a wonderful greenhouse to spend my free time in. I had to do some research to find out about replacing the glass panels that had been broken over the years. I wanted to be sure that the glass I was installing wasn't going to stop the sun's nutrients from reaching the plants and that the glass would be durable and last for many years. If you are building or repairing a greenhouse, visit through my blog to learn all about the glass that should be used.
Even a small chip or crack in one of your home's windows can result in air drafts and security concerns. Consequently, it is quite easy to understand why it is so important to repair or replace this damaged glass quickly. The problem is immediately repairing the glass is not always a possibility. In some cases, you may find that you have to wait for a glass repair contractor to arrive, while other times you may simply need to save the money necessary to complete the repairs. In this situation, it is important to take steps to prevent the damage from spreading. Below you will learn how to accomplish this task.
Keep Moisture Out
Most residential windows are now made from double or triple pane glass, which offers higher energy efficiency ratings. In many cases a chip or small crack in the glass will only go through one pane of the glass. Moisture can become trapped between the panes when this happens. If this moisture is heated or frozen as a result of extreme outdoor temperatures, it can cause the glass to expand or contract, ultimately causing it to crack further or to even shatter.
In order to prevent this spreading damage, you will need to keep moisture out of the damaged glass by placing a piece of waterproof tape over the chipped or cracked area. Be sure to cut you tape a few inches longer than the damage to your glass. This will allow you to create a waterproof seal around the damage.
Be Aware Of Temperature Changes
Rapidly changing temperatures can also cause the damaged glass in your window to expand and contract. While glass naturally expands and contracts as a result of fluctuating temperatures, this natural process can quickly cause an already weakened piece of glass to shatter.
While you may not be able to control the temperatures outside your home, you can help to control the temperature of your window glass by taking a few basic steps. Begin by covering the glass with a heavy duty tarp or piece of weatherizing plastic. This will allow you to prevent any ice from forming on the glass if exposed to extremely cold temperatures, and will also help to provide shade from intense sunlight on a very hot day.
Next, you will need to take control over the temperatures inside your home. If using your heating or air conditioning system, be sure that any vents are faced away from the damaged glass. You will also want to avoid altering the temperature inside your house throughout the day. Instead, keep your thermostat settings stable until after the glass replacement or repair is complete.