When Might Your Glass Need Repairing?

Double glazed windows, tempered shower panels, transparent door panes. There’s one thing that these features and so many more have in common – and that’s that they rely heavily on glass throughout their construction. Although modern glass is often tempered and capable of putting up with a lot of pressure, it’s not entirely immune to damage and can sometimes develop cracks and chips over time. In these events there are typically two options; to perform a little glass repair, or out with the old and in with the new.

Is it possible to repair all types of glass?

It’s not so much about the glass as it is about the cause of the damage that it has sustained. For example, a single paned window might not be quite as strong as a double glazed one – but if the latter isn’t installed correctly and the frame shifts in a particular direction, it will be far more likely to suffer with damage than its single-paned alternative.

And it’s not just the cause of the damage that is worth considering either; in fact, it also has a lot to do with the type of damage in question. Consider it like this – most glaziers will specialise in window repair that relates to one of the following events:

  • Chipping
  • Splitting
  • Warping
  • Cracking

If damage falls outside of these categories then a repair might not be an option. There are times when even the most experienced glass installation expert might struggle to piece together thousands of tiny bits of shattered glass – and in these events, a replacement might be the only way forward.

But if the damage is fairly minor, or is contained to a specific region within the glass (such as a developing crack), then it’s quite likely that your local glazier will be able to inject a spot of adhesive, apply a resin formula, or offer some other type of reparation technique to ensure that the glass can remain functional.