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Protect Your Cracked Window While You Wait For Repairs

by Matthew Fields

If you've got a cracked window, you want to get it repaired as soon as you can. The longer a cracked window is left alone, the more likely that the window will break completely, leaving you to clean up shards of broken glass and exposing your home to the elements.

But it's not always possible for you to get a glass repairman, like the ones at South Jersey Glass & Door, out to your house right away. So whether you're waiting a day or a week, you need to know how to protect a cracked glass window.

Fill Small Chips With Clear Nail Polish

Often, if you look at where the cracks in a window originate from, you will find a small hole or chip. Filling this spot with clear nail polish can help keep the cracks in the window from spreading as the chip allows the window to flex and puts stress on the glass. It may take multiple coats of polish to fill up the chip completely; make sure each coat dries before you put on another.

Cover Cracks With Clear Tape

Working carefully, you can use clear tape to help hold together a cracked window. It's important not to put much pressure on the glass as it may shatter; the best method is to have a friend hold their hands against the crack from the opposite side of the window, supporting it while you press the tape into place.

Packing tape is a common choice for holding together cracked glass. Some people find that this sort of tape leaves residue on the glass. It's possible to purchase clear window repair tape that will not leave residue on glass; alternatively, there are cleaning products specifically made for removing glue and tape residue.

Protect The Window From Bad Weather

If it looks like there's going to be particularly nasty weather between when your window is cracked and when it will be repaired, you'll want to do more than just tape up the crack. Storms with high winds or hail can put a lot of stress on a cracked window, which may not have the structural integrity to hold up.

This means you'll want a layer of protection between your window and the world. The easiest way to do this is to find thick plastic, such as a tarp, and cut it to fit over your window. Attach it to the outside of the window frame; for wood frames, use a staple gun or nails. If you have metal or vinyl window frames, you can try packing or duct tape or purchase window clips at a home improvement store. If you want even more protection, use plywood instead of plastic.