In the unlikely event that you might not be able to get hold of a reliable glazier in your local area, you may feel like you have no option other than to address a glass-related issue yourself. Glass repair can be one of the trickiest things to attempt to do well – and although modern glass is much stronger and more durable than it used to be, it can still be prone to splitting, cracking and chipping if exposed to the wrong types of situations.
Here are a selection of tips for glass repair to help to all but ensure that your glass remains functional and secure – and more importantly, can help you and your family to remain safe.
Try to get in touch with a glazier
Even if you feel like there’s no one close by to help – you might be surprised to learn that there are dozens of glaziers in and around Melbourne. These glass repair specialists are often happy to travel across suburbs and even out into remote areas to help with your glass maintenance tasks. As they are well-versed in the art of maintaining glass, they should always be the first port of call for those of you that might not be too experienced when it comes to repairing windows.
Consider your options
If you genuinely can’t get in touch with an expert, then the next best thing would be to invest in the types of facilities and resources that they have available for when they take care of a glass repair task. For instance, if you’ve spotted a chip or a crack you may be able to order resin adhesive online, or glass filler from somewhere close by. It’s worth noting that even with these resources however, you might struggle to ensure that the repair task is taken care of efficiently; and this is why hiring a glazier might be better-suited to your needs.
Evaluate the type of damage
Glass can be prone to shattering regardless of the type of damage that it has suffered with, but by identifying the issue you might be able to come up with a suitable solution for repairing your damaged window. For example, if you have spotted a small chip the chances are that this won’t be much to worry about – as long as the glass has been tempered.
Tempering glass is an advanced technique practiced by many, but not all, glass manufacturers. It allows the atoms within the glass to harden and solidify, providing a stable structure that won’t usually split when chips are present. If the chip splits into a crack however, or if the crack worsens into tendrils of splitting – then you may need to hire an expert, or at the very least invest in an injectable resin adhesive.
These adhesives can take time to set (up to 8 hours on average depending on the brand). Once dried, they can provide a sufficient amount of strength to bond the glass together, making it just as resilient as it was before the damage. Some adhesives also dry transparently, making it easy to minimise the effect of the glue on the window pane (and some can also be sanded down at a high grit to further remove any residual adhesive).
But as with all things glass related, the risks associated with attempting to repair or replace glass can be too severe and this is why we’d certainly recommend getting in touch with a trained and licensed glazier near you. These experts should be able to visit your property, evaluate the condition of the glass and then suggest solutions – many of which they should be able to carry out on the spot.