Glazing A Single Pane Window

Glazing A Single Pane Window

If properly maintained, single pane windows can last for a hundred years or more! We present some tips on how to preserve your windows and keep them free from the draft by replacing old glazing putty.

Step 1: Remove The Old Putty

First, pull out loosed pieces of the glazing compound with a putty knife. Ease the remaining areas with a heat gun and carefully scrape the putty away.

The glass on the older single-pane windows is usually surrounded by glazing compound putty, which holds the glass and place and keeps weather away. The glazing putty often lasts for as much as several decades, but as the years go by it becomes solid, cracks and begin to fall off the window.

When there is a missing compound or if the compound is loose, wind and rain leak is let in around the window. It takes around 15 minutes to an hour to replace the putty around one pane of glass- the time depends largely on the size of the pane and also the stubbornness of the old putty. It is advisable to also replace broken glass while replacing the old putty.

It’s attainable to replace the glass and putty with the window still in place, but your time will be saved, and you can get better results if you can remove the window and fasten it down on a flat surface.

If there is any broken glass, clear it out of the way before removing the old putty. Remember to put on heavy gloves and eye protection. Place a cloth over the broken pane and tap it gently with a hammer. With the glass broken up, pull the fragments out of the window frame by hand. Remove the old glazing points with pliers. If the old glass is still in good shape, there is no need breaking it; leave it in place.

The next step is to remove the old putty. If the putty is broken badly, you can take away large fragments quickly to save time. Putty that is in good condition usually takes longer to remove. With your heat gun in one hand and a putty knife in the other, heat the putty to make it soft and scratch it out. To protect your hands from burns, make sure you wear leather gloves. Also, make sure you keep moving the heat gun around to avoid focusing heat on one area; otherwise, the heat will crack and destroy the glass.

Step 2: Replace The Glass And Putty The Window

Step two is to set the new glass onto a bead of liquid fill. Ensure you press the glazing points into the wood, and let the excess fill that comes out under the glass harden and then slice off later using a utility knife.

If there is a need for a new glass, measure the opening of the glass, subtract 1/8 inches from your measurement and visit a full-service hardware store to cut the new glass to size. Take a fragment of the old glass with you so you can match the thickness of the old glass. Additionally, buy a package of glazing points to hold the glass together while the new compound softens and hardens. Glazing compounds are usually available in liquid/acrylic and oil-based types. The liquid products, which come in a tube, have a longer expectancy and there is no need to wait days for them to dry before painting them.

For the fitting of the new glass, the instructions on the glazing compound may tell you to place a light dip of compound inside the frame and then set the glass on it. This works well with the soft liquid compound. But if you’re using oil-based compound, place in a light bead of acrylic latex fill instead. Set the glass onto the fill, then shake and press down to firmly insert the glass.

For the job to be complete, flatten out the new glazing compound. Oil-based putty is usually easier to work with when it’s warm and not when it’s cold and hardened. To heat the putty, set the can in a vessel of hot water for a few minutes. Remember: all oil-based putty remains soft for several days, so you must be careful not to touch it after the smoothing.


How to secure your windows from a break in

Unprotected windows can pose a threat to the security of your home. If you feel there are windows in your home that expose your family to danger there are ways to change it. Whether it’s just the odd few windows, the street facing windows or even your entire first floor. There are things you can do yourself and things you might have to call a glazier in to do. However, they’re all really simple methods you can use to keep your family safe. Here are some tips on how to protect your windows from a break-in.

Reinforce the glass

To reinforce the glass in your windows you’ll need to call in a glazier. They will then be able to install a stronger glass into your windows frames for you. There are several options you have when looking into protective glass. These are:

  • Tempered glass – this is type of glass is harder to break as it is a lot more durable than normal glass. This is the least expensive option.
  • Safety glass – also known as laminated glass. Is two sheets of glass with a very thin layer of vinyl in between them.

You also get bullet resistant glass but this is more costly than what is considered reasonable for most households. And the other options are sufficient enough protection.

Plastic windows

Acrylic plastic windows are a great and very safe option. It comes in the same thickness as normal glass. The difference is that these Plexiglas windows are ten times stronger the glass. Polycarbonate windows are even stronger. But with that strength comes a higher price tag. Polycarbonate windows are ten times stronger than their plexiglas counterparts. And they’re said to be up to 250 times stronger than safety glass. Really worth the investment if you can afford it.

Windows bars

Windows bars are an excellent way to keep out and unwanted intruders. These are usually made of metal, iron is the best choice. They come in different designs and are best made with narrow spaces between the bars. This is so that at little space is provided as possible to for a potential intruder to put an arm or anything else through. Some companies even specialise in plexiglas windows bars. These are great as metal ones can be unsightly. The plexiglas ones are very strong as well as transparent. They don’t disrupt the view or light from ones windows on anyway. Windows bars should always be screwed into a non-wooden frame. This is because the wood is very susceptible to decay and screws may be more easily ripped out.

Extra security measures

There are several other things you can install/have installed to add security to your windows. For example, there are several types of alarms you get. These can be programmed in a name of different ways. Depending on the alarm system you’ll be alerted when:

  • A motion sensor outside the windows is triggered
  • The windows is open
  • The window has been left open at night
  • The window is hit or broken

You can even get your windows and doors linked to your security alarm.

Locks are also another brilliant solution.  If you lock your doors, why shouldn’t you lock your windows? There are simple options such a affordable deadbolts. You can also buy vinyl locks which are increasing in popularity.

Security cameras are not set up with the purpose of prevent a break-in. But rather, they’re installed to catch any criminals that try their luck breaking into your home. Due to this reason, the security camera itself has begun to work as a deterrent. However, don’t think you’ll fool anyone with a fake camera. Many intruders are very experienced and will probably be able to tell. It’s best to never use gimmicks to protect your home, it is simply not worth the risk.

Plant some protection

It is believed by many, including policemen, that planting thorny bushes outside your windows is another good way to stop burgers from breaking in. Imagine trying to break a safety glass window while climbing through a bed of Shrub Roses. Doesn’t sound like a recipe for success. Planting the right plants can make your windows harder to get to. Some plants you can use for this are: Common Holly, Shrub roses, juniper, mountain pine and even cactus plants. There are more. It’ll also give some extra life to your garden. Many options don’t even require much maintenance.

Security is first and foremost when it comes to ourselves, our families and our homes. We should ensure we cover all our bases, and that includes our windows. Taking a few of these simple security measures we can protect our loved ones. So whether you opt for a simple vinyl lock or you get in a glazier,  you’ll have be sure to get that peace of mind knowing all is safe.