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What to Do When Your Window Breaks

By August 27, 2019No Comments

Windows are transparent, and so am I; that’s why I have a confession to make. I love bad jokes. I also love logic; understanding it helps you find truth in the world. One of the best ways of understanding logic is understanding what seems logical, but isn’t; you can do this by learning about logical fallacies. What do logical fallacies have to do with windows, you might wonder? Let me explain. Windowmakers need jobs, and the time people are most likely to repair or replace their windows is if their windows are broken. We want windowmakers to have jobs because we want everyone to have jobs; that means if there’s a dearth of broken windows, we should go out into the world and break windows to stimulate the economy!




Obviously not. This fallacy, known as the broken window fallacy, has been used as a demonstration of why war destroying your infrastructure shouldn’t be looked at as a good thing. Now that we’ve got the fallacy out of the way, let’s get to the more important detail for this article: what do you do when your window breaks?


This article is going to focus on broken window panes. The first thing you’ll want to focus on is getting the broken glass out of the area; it’s rather hazardous, for obvious reasons. Make sure to wear gloves and shoes, sweep up the glass in a dustpan; you can carefully grab the larger pieces yourself (or with a pair of pliers). Next, you’ll want to find a way to seal off the window. Be extremely careful during this process, removing large, loose pieces of glass. For cracks that aren’t full breaks, test them to see if they need to be sealed, or if there’s loose glass. For small breaks, you can use clear packing tape; slightly larger breaks can be sealed using layers of clear nail polish. When the breaks are too big, you can layer on thick,  transparent plastic sheets using packing tape or a staple gun.


These solutions are, of course, temporary at best. They’re less insulating, less long-lasting, and less aesthetically pleasing than your window would be. That means you’ll want to either repair or replace the window, and the choice that you make will depend largely on how attached you are to your current window, the extent of the damage, and the price you’re willing to pay. 


We’ll run a whole article on repairing and replacing windows soon; there are advantages to both, depending on what your circumstances are. Windows can increase the energy efficiency of your house, and older windows can be quite hard to repair; put these things together, and it may be more economical to replace a broken window. 

We’re here for your Winnipeg window repair needs – we’re here too if you need your window replaced. Basically, if you need any advice on windows, get in touch with us. Keep the discussion to physical windows, mind you – that’s our specialty. Metaphorical windows, Microsoft Windows, and logical windows – not so much.