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.
Does your home have a slightly damaged or broken window? Are you wondering what you need to do to take care of it? Here are some things to do to make sure that your glass repair or replacement goes as smoothly as possible.
Clear outside area
If the glass repair is to be done from the outside of your home, make sure that the professionals have a clear work area. You should remove any tree limbs that could be dangling in their way, as well as trim back any bushes that could hamper their work efforts. If you have tender plants near the work spot, consult with the glass expert ahead of time so you'll know whether it will be your responsibility to cover them, or if they offer plant protection as part of their service. Even if they offer plant protection, you may want to consider putting a tomato cage or similar covering over your plants for extra protection. If possible, park your vehicle on the street so that the repair company can have the parking spot closest to your home. Doing this will give them faster access to their equipment, helping them to be done more quickly.
Prepare the interior area
Make sure that any window treatments such as blinds or curtains are completely removed and out of the way. If there are wall decorations hanging near the window, take them down until the glass repair is done. Otherwise, vibrations from the workers' tools could cause them to jiggle and fall to the floor. Make sure the path from your front door to the window is large enough so that the professionals have plenty of elbow room for carrying the equipment that they'll need.
If the glass repair is part of a larger project, such as the installation of dual-paned windows, then the professionals could be on your property for more than just a few hours. Make a list of who could be affected by their presence and notify them of the project. For example, contact your security company and ask them what you need to do so the alarm doesn't get accidentally triggered by the work. If you have water delivered to your home, contact the water company to discuss rescheduling the delivery. You may want to check with your neighbors to make sure that the activity won't conflict with any of their activities, such as a street party or a community yard sale.
Decide what to do with the old panes
If part of the window is salvageable, you may want to consider donating it to a non-profit building supply thrift store. If you're crafty and like to reuse things, consider asking the professional to set it aside so you can use it in a future profit. You may decide that your easiest option is to ask the glass repair professional, one like Action Glass, to take it away when they leave.