How to Repair Windows

What do you need to know to repair a broken window? If you are new to the world of DIY repairs, we have all the tips and guidance you are looking for. Check out our window repair discussion board, slideshows, best projects and DIY video tutorials. We'll frame the whole project for you so that you know exactly what to do.

How to Tackle Window Problems

Use polythene for short term repair

Use polythene as a temporary measure when the window has shattered. Clean up broken glass and secure a sheet of polythene to the window frame.

Install a new pane

Use specialist glazers if unsure about this tricky process. If you do proceed, ensure you can prime and apply linseed oil putty.

Repair rotten wooden sills

Scrape off any rotten wood before starting work. Use a wood repair compound to fill in the gaps, being careful to achieve a smooth finish.

Unstick sash windows

Sash windows can get stuck in their tracks. Clean the tracks, chisel out any excess dried paint, and smooth the tracks with sandpaper.

Make rusted frames look new

Use a high-quality primer when repainting the frames, ensuring even coverage to achieve a smooth finish. Add more coats if needed.

Top Projects for Repairing Windows

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Window Repair Videos

DIY video tutorials on how to repair windows. Step by step instructions to guide you.

Bubble Wrap Window Insulation Hack

If you're like me and come from a small town with old houses, you can remember insulating your windows for the winter. My dad would take plastic sheeting and double sided tape and seal up all the windows we didn't absolutely need to open. Well, now we live in a house with much better windows, but that doesn't mean there isn't an advantage to adding insulation. We’re still losing heat through our windows, just a smaller amount.  Extra insulation not only helps you save the environment  (by using less electricity) but can save you anywhere from $100 to $500 dollars over the course of the winter (depending on how large your house is and how many money saving tips you implement). Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Re Grouting Glass Block Tiles. You Can Do It!

You can repair and replace the grout in your glass tile all by yourself! If you can ice a cake you can do it!

Repair Rotted Window Frame

Painting our house was going well until I came across this rotted out window frame. Follow my instructions for a perfect fix on something many would consider trashing and replacing.

Repairing Wood Damage With Bondo

Sometimes wood repairs call for something faster and harder than wood filler. Like, when my shutters ended up getting Dry Rot Damage. The damaged area was so large and thick, that Bondo made the most sense for this repair.Bondo makes an All Purpose Putty, that works on wood and a wood filler. I went with the putty this time because it dries super fast and a little harder than wood filler. And, because I am painting these shutters. If I needed to stain a large wood patch job. I would have used all wood filler or at least a good 1/4" surface of wood filler with Bondo underneath.I have read online some people saying that Bondo cracks and shrinks. Maybe that's true of a different Bondo product or in areas with extreme cold. Our house painter used Bondo to patch a porch column of ours a few years ago and it has held up perfectly. But, I'm in Houston. So, we generally only have a handful of days around the freezing mark a year. So, with that said. Let me tell you what I did and recommend. More details about this tutorial can be found on my site.

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