Glass is beautiful. It’s transparent and allows light to flow through, creating a bright and airy feel in any room. But what do you do when your glass starts to show its age? One of the most common problems with glass is that it can develop cracks over time. Whether they’re caused by wear and tear or an accident, these cracks can take away the appearance of your home.
Luckily, there are a few ways to hide these cracks, so they don’t ruin the look of your windows or doors.
What Causes Cracked Glass Window And Doors?
Glass is made up of several different materials, including sand. Chemical reactions often cause the glass to crack or shatter. Some common causes for cracked or shattered glass include:
- A sharp piece of metal left on the glass during installation. The pressure can cause surrounding areas to take on the stress and crack.
- Sudden temperature changes (hot to cold, for example)
- High humidity. When the humidity is very high, glass can accumulate moisture and weaken. As soon as it reaches a state of equilibrium with the air around it, the glass will crack or shatter.
- An object such as a hammer or baseball hitting or falling onto glass can also cause the glass to break. The object breaks through the glass and causes surrounding areas to break as well.
- If there’s buildup between layers of glass, heat or certain chemicals can cause that layer to expand. If this causes an existing crack or weak point in the glass to widen further, it could result in a break.
- A simple misstep while walking on or near glass can cause it to crack or break.
- Natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods are also known to cause the glass to crack or shatter.
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How Do You Cover Up Cracked Glass?
There are several ways to cover up cracks when you have a glass door or window in your home.
- Use Spackle
First, you need to clean the surface of the crack, so it’s nice and smooth. Get rid of all dirt and dust. Then apply spackle over the entire length of the crack. Allow it to dry completely. Once that happens, use sandpaper or a wet sponge to smooth out the spackle. You need to make sure the area is completely flush with the rest of the glass. If you’re not happy with how it looks, repeat this process until you are satisfied.
- Use Paint
Clean the glass so there is no dust or dirt, and then apply primer. Once that’s done, paint over it with any color you choose. If you notice the crack peeking through, add a second coat of paint. You’ll have several coats of paint to deal with, but the result will be well worth it.
- Use Stained Glass Film/ Window Tint
The stained-glass film also known as window tint, is paintable and can be applied with ease. You can find this at any home improvement store or online retailer selling supplies for your windows and doors. However, you need to make sure you buy a paintable tint because not all of them are. Many companies will even send you samples to see which one works best for your project.
- Use Decals or Stickers
Decals or stickers come in all shapes and sizes, and some people choose this route as it’s less permanent than painting the glass. However, it’s important to note that if you want these stickers to last for years, they must be applied according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Use Glass Repair Kits
You can also purchase glass repair kits that have clear resins in them. These are thicker than something like spackle, so you’ll need a few tools available before you start. You’ll need a heat gun, resin, and plastic spreader to smooth things out. This option is very popular but keep in mind that this will take some time before you can use the glass again as it needs to be set for several hours (around 12) and then be left alone for another 24-48 hours after that.
- Professional Repair
Another option is to have the glass professionally repaired. This is the most expensive option, but it will get done right, so you don’t have to worry about any of these problems in the future. Professionals can also fix doors and windows that are stuck or difficult to open. If there is a serious crack in your glass, don’t risk it and fix the issue immediately.
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Professional Glass Repair in Toronto
Cracked glass can be an eyesore and a security hazard. If you have a cracked window or door, it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible. The longer the crack remains, the more damage it will do and the harder it will be to repair.
Prime Window Glass can help. We offer professional glass repair for glass doors and windows in Toronto. Our experienced technicians will fix your glass quickly and efficiently so that you can enjoy peace of mind once again. Contact us today for a free consultation!