It has always been a dream of mine to have a greenhouse that I could use to grow my own produce during the winter. I love garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupes and a variety of other produce and it made me sad when I had to quit gardening for the season. I decided that it was time for me to invest in having a greenhouse built in my backyard so that I could continue to grow throughout the entire year. Learn all about the selection of the glass and how it needs to be cared for right here on my blog.
If one of your home's windows is cracked, it is important to contact a glass repair company to have it repaired as soon as possible. However, there is a chance that it will take a few days to file a claim with your homeowner's insurance company or come up with the money to pay for the repair yourself. Luckily, there are a few different ways that you can secure your cracked window until you can have it repaired, so try one of these tricks in the meantime.
1. Use Masking Tape
For minor cracks, you can typically use masking tape to prevent them from getting any worse until you are able to hire a glass repair company. Cover up the crack with masking tape from both sides to help hold your window together and to prevent the crack from spreading.
2. Cover Your Window With Plastic
A piece of plastic can work well for covering up your window for a couple of days. You can purchase thick plastic sheeting from any home improvement store, or you can double over a heavy duty garbage bag to use for right now.
Before handling the broken glass on your window, make sure that you put on a pair of heavy gloves and a long sleeve T-shirt. You can carefully remove the broken glass from each effected pane, but be careful not to cut yourself. Then, you can use the plastic to cover up the window until you are able to make repairs, and you won't have to worry about the broken glass causing it to tear.
If only one pane is affected, you can carefully cover up the affected pane and staple or nail the plastic into the wood that is surrounding the pane. You can also cover the entire window with plastic if more than one pane is broken. Just make sure that you put on the plastic from the inside of your home rather than the outside; this will make it a little more difficult to remove if someone has poor intentions, and it can also help prevent the wind and elements from blowing it around
3. Cover it With Plywood
A sheet of plywood can come in very handy in a broken window situation. Purchase a piece of plywood and cut it to size so that it will fit over your window; alternatively, you can ask someone from your local home improvement store to cut it for you. Then, nail or screw the piece of plywood over your window. Again, you should add the piece of wood from the inside of your home to help prevent it from being tampered with.
Broken windows shouldn't be left alone for any longer than necessary since they can pose a safety issue for you and your family and can cause the loss of warm or cool air from your home. However, following one of these three tips will help you keep your window as secure as possible until you are able to hire a glass repair company (such as United Glass Service Inc).