How to Choose Between Glass Replacement & Repair
Glass repair & replacement are two very different types of service. The former is ideal when minor damage has taken place within glass, or the supportive frame that is housing it. Replacement might be necessary when the same frame or piece of glass has suffered with immense damage that might not be reparable on the spot.
Understanding what can be repaired and what should be replaced can make it easier to choose between these two types of services – and within this article, we’ll be covering the key points that can help to differentiate between these two services provided by a glazier.
When can glass repair be suitable?
Being able to repair most types of glass damage is something that the majority of glaziers will specialise in. There is a limit however, and knowing when a repair might not be an option can be very important. In most cases you will be able to call a glass repair expert out to your property and have them evaluate the damage, but this might not always be an option. Taking an initial look at the issue yourself can be very helpful.
If the glass is showing visible signs of warping, or if it has split from one of the sides of the frame, then it might not be the glass panel that’s the issue – but the frame instead. Things like chips can be repaired, but splits might require more attention and this is when a replacement might be the better option.
When might glass replacement be necessary?
If you’ve spotted a split running through your glass, or if a chip has recently turned into a crack, then it might not be possible to repair the glass in a way that will ensure its integrity. Although high strength resin adhesives might be suitable in some cases; most glaziers will recommend avoiding the risk of damage entirely by having the glass window replaced.
They will often do so by carefully removing the glass, or preparing for it to shatter, by installing features that can catch and store any stray pieces. Once the panel has been removed a replacement can be fitted with relative ease and the window should then return to full functionality from that point onward.
If you are ever in doubt, always consider calling a glazier as they will be able to evaluate the condition of your glass and then suggest the best course of action to move forward