Breakage is not such a common occurrence on residential window glass. This is because the type of glass used for residential windows is designed to be have superior impact resistance.
However, this does not mean that window glass cannot break. Sometimes window glass breaks because the glass on the windows has shifted position, thereby making it less stable in terms of impact resistance. Here are a few things you need to have in mind when looking to repair broken window glass.
The Type of Glass
One of the first things you need to remember is that there are different types of glass used to make residential windows. These are laminated glass and tempered glass. If you are okay with the type of glass that is currently fixed on your windows, then the replacement for your window glass should be made using the same type of glass.
If you are dissatisfied with the performance of the particular type of glass, however, remember that there is an alternative type of glass that might do the job better. A brief chat with your window restoration contractor can help to highlight the different types of glass as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
Similarly, a consultation with the contractor will also help to identify the type of glass used on your windows.
Aesthetics Not Guaranteed
One of the worst things about window glass is that it can never be the same again once the glass is cracked or broken. This is why a large number of people choose to replace damaged window glass rather than to have it repaired.
Cracks on window glass can be filled using an adhesive sealing compound but the evidence of the crack still remains because the sealed crack will be highly evident on the surface of the glass, which makes the glass window have an unsightly appearance.
If you choose to replace damaged window glass, the cost of installation for the new glass should be constant regardless of the type of glass that you choose for replacement purposes.
While you're at it, you should consider protecting your windows from wayward objects (such as balls and stones) that could cause similar damage in the near future. For example, you can install a security screen over your windows once the damaged glass has been repaired or once the new glass has been installed.
The security screen will serve as a protective barrier between your window's glass and potentially damaging wayward objects. For more information on window glass repair, contact local professionals.