Windows require great care when it comes to maintaining their appearance and energy efficiency. They are vulnerable to many issues, from breakages and leaks to drafts and aging. Sometimes, a window’s problem can be fixed by replacing the window glazing compound rather than the glass itself, but it is necessary to replace both elements in many cases.
The Process Of Replacing Window Glazing
Replacing window glazing is a relatively straightforward process, although it does take time and knowledge to carry it out correctly and safely. Outlined below are the steps involved in replacing window glazing.
Preparation For Window Glazing
It is important to fully remove the old glazing compound before proceeding. The operable part of the window, known as the sash, must be removed carefully.
After the sash has been removed, the bad glazing is chipped off with a scraper or razor knife. A heat gun is then used to soften the remaining glazing to the point where it falls off easily. This can damage the surrounding paint, so it is important to plan for scraping and repainting the whole window.
After the glazing compound has been removed, the wood frame should be examined to see if any parts need repairs. This can be accomplished using a two-part wood epoxy that can be shaped and sanded to match the existing wood. At this point, the wood is sometimes primed.
When the glass itself is being replaced, the dimensions of the wood-to-wood opening are measured at this point. An eighth of an inch is typically subtracted from these dimensions. Experts say that leaving 1/16th of an inch of free space to either side of the glass is enough to allow it to fit easily while still being snug enough for the glazier’s points to hold.
After the glass has been cut to fit the opening, a thin layer of glazing compound is applied to the wood frame. The glass is then set against it and secured into place using new glazer’s points.
Next, the new glazing putty is applied. It must be at room temperature and warmed by hand to be pliable. It is then rolled out and worked in along the edge of the windowpane.
Finally, the glazing is tooled in a two-part process that sees the glazing pressed into the glass and frame with a putty knife and then smoothed off. After about a week has passed, the glazing compound will be completely cured, and it is possible to paint it.
Can Replacing Window Glazing Be Done As A DIY Project?
Window glazing is a complex process that may be carried out as a DIY project in some cases, but it is typically best left to the professionals. Here is a look at some of the reasons in favor of hiring experts for window glazing.
Professional window glaziers have the experience needed to get the job done effectively without compromising the rest of the home. They will be able to anticipate potential problems with the replacement and prevent them from occurring. They will also know how to handle any unexpected issues that arise.
Properly replacing window glazing is a time-consuming process that must be carried out with care. Professional glaziers can devote themselves to ensuring a successful project, freeing you up to focus on other responsibilities. This means you will not need to spend valuable time reading instructions and watching instructional videos. In addition, professionals have all of the tools needed to carry out the job safely.
If a window falls or becomes cracked during installation, you will have to pay for the replacement in most cases. It is very easy for inexperienced DIYers to drop a window or crack or chip it, and this can add significant cost onto the project depending on how many windows are damaged.
Many older windows could have lead paint on them. It is not unusual for lead paint to have been used to paint the stops into the window. This paint line must be broken in order to remove the stops, and it is essential to take all the necessary precautions before working with lead paint.
Window glaziers will be well-versed in safely working with lead paint and other potentially hazardous compounds, thereby reducing your risk.
When homeowners replace window glazing as a DIY job, they will not be able to take advantage of an installation warranty that could offer protection for the window glazing well into the future.
An incorrect installation could negatively impact the appearance of your windows, damaging the aesthetics of your home and affecting its curb appeal and resale value if you choose to sell it in the future.
Get In Touch With The Window Glazing Professionals
If your windows need new glazing, reach out to the experienced team of window glaziers at Waterproof Caulking & Restoration to find out how they can help you improve your home’s energy efficiency and curb appeal with their professional window glazing services.