Should I Repair My Own Leaded Glass Window?

5 July 2016
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If you have a broken leaded glass window in you're home and you're a frequent DIY-er, then you may be tempted to try and fix a leaded glass window yourself. Fixing leaded glass can be more complicated than a simple glass repair in many ways. You'll need to be careful to select glass that matches your existing frame and then work around the potentially fragile panels that are still intact. Here are some considerations for fixing a leaded glass window. 

How Badly Is it Broken?

While you may want to give it a try at fixing your glass window yourself, there are certain times when it's best just to call in a glass repair specialist. For instance, if the glass pattern involves curvy cuts, these can be difficult for an amateur to cut and you may end up wasting a lot of glass before perfecting the edge. Another thing that should be left to a professional is cutting textured glass. 

If the piece is missing multiple panels with varying textures and shapes, then it may be a lot of effort to learn how to create the pieces you need and to get them put in place. If you wish to preserve the original soldering look, then a glass repair specialist is also the best way to go. But if you have just a simple, straight panel to fix, then read on. 

Finding the Right Pieces of Glass

It can be a tricky thing to find the correct glass for your missing panel, both in the correct thickness and the right texture. If you can no longer return to your original window maker to learn about their supplier, then you may need to visit a custom glass shop to show samples of the broken pane. They will have catalogues to help you compare the piece to potential suppliers for appropriate replacement glass. Custom glass shops can also cut your replacement pieces for you if you don't want to deal with trying to master the process yourself. 

Cutting the Glass

For cutting a straight edge glass piece, you'll need a glass cutting tool and some pliers to pull the cut glass away from the sheet. If you're lucky, you won't have to buy these tools yourself; look into glass working or crafts studios in your area, because they may allow you to rent tools and space to work for a day. 

Securing the Glass

There are some easy ways to secure glass in place; glass glues are a popular DIY method. You can also put putty in place to seal the edges between the glass and the original solder. It may not be the perfect fix, but for a simple DIY job, it works well. 

For more help, contact a business like Sound Glass Sales, Inc.