When I noticed a few chips in the windows of my home, I didn't worry too much about how it would affect anything. Instead, I mainly focused on how it made my home look, and I secretly cursed the unsightly damage. However, those small chips began to grow until there were large cracks. After having that experience, I decided to dedicate myself to spreading the word about the problems associated damaged glass. Read this blog to find out how damaged glass could affect you and your family members.
There are several glass glues on the market that can be used by a novice to try and repair glass. Whatever kind of glass you wish to repair, there are a few steps to go through to try an at-home repair approach.
Visit a Specialist or Do It Yourself?
The first thing to consider is whether a do it yourself approach is appropriate for your glass. If your piece is made of glass that will be very expensive to replace, such as colored glass or glass with special tempering, then skip the glass glue approach altogether and have the piece taken to a glass repair shop to try and avoid the cost of outright replacement. The experts will use a variety of equipment including special glass sanding tools, industrial strength glue, and large work tables to make sure that your piece dries in the most conducive space possible.
Gluing your glass at home should only be attempted if your piece is relatively replaceable in case it shatters or the glass gets thicker. If your glass isn't flat, this also indicates the use of a glass repair shop as step one. If none of these apply, then you can move on to try the at-home approach.
Types of Glue to Use
There are a couple of types of glue that you can use on glass. There are a few companies that manufacture a strong adhesive specifically for glass, and this will work on many different thicknesses and textures. Super glue can also be an option for smaller areas with a low profile appearance. Silicone adhesives may work well for glass repair, although the application can be messy. Hot glue may be appropriate for sealing the edges of glass together. This tactic may work well with soldered edges.
The directions for each type of glue should appear on the side of the label. But one thing that labels may not mention is that you should always support the glass with soft cushion-like material for the first few days after your glue application; if the pieces snap under their own weight, you'll increase the chance of the whole panel shattering.
What if it Gets Worse?
If the glass glue application isn't successful, wrap the pieces and bring them to a specialist. You'd be surprised at the damage that glass repair technicians can fix, so its worth a second look before getting the panel replaced.
For glass repair, contact a company such as One Cut Glass.