If a window on your car has been broken, here are five things to do.
- Have the Glass Replaced–And the Vehicle Inspected.
- Cover the Window.
- Clean Up the Glass.
- Consider Filing an Insurance Claim.
- Call the Police. This is an important step that should be taken before you do anything else.
How do you temporarily cover a broken window?Packing tape, masking tape, or duct tape can be placed over the cracks. This will hold the glass together and keep things from getting worse until you have a new window. Tape both sides of every crack. If there is too much to tape it all, then you can use cardboard to cover the glass.
How do you cover a broken window in the winter?
For those with no sewing skills, you can cover the inside of the window with a tarp and then hang a spare comforter or several heavy towels over it and secure them around the window. This will help your home retain a surprising amount of warmth.
What kind of plastic do you use to cover windows?
When you're dealing with old, drafty windows, you essentially have two options: replace them or seal them with insulating window film—a.k.a. plastic wrap. This kit by 3M—a leader in consumer products—insulates up to five windows, and the company claims it lowers heating costs and saves energy.
Can you drive your car with a broken window?
For most situations, it's not a safety issue to drive with broken car glass, but it should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. In the meantime, you should clear away the broken glass and cover the window.
Driving with a cracked windscreen can be considered a motoring offence. It could constitute use of a motor vehicle in a dangerous condition. The Highway Code states that drivers should have a full view of the road ahead and glass should be maintained in a good condition.
There are a few ways you can temporarily fix a broken house window:
- Use glue or nail polish to fill in small chips or cracks in the window.
- For larger window cracks that are still intact, cover the crack with duct tape or packing tape.
- If the window is shattered, remove any glass from the windowpane.
For additional heavy duty protection, use duct tape or masking tape to cover the crack in the window. This will temporarily keep the damage from cracking further. The length of the clear packing tape should be longer than the crack in the glass. Be sure that both ends of the crack are covered by tape.
Plastic window film covers can reduce drafts and make your home feel warmer during the winter. They are also a relatively inexpensive way to reduce condensation buildup and lower energy bills. Window wraps can also seal air leaks around the window, when those leaks extend over woodwork.
Chipped or Cracked Glass
The most immediate window repair is to cover the chipped or cracked area with packing or duct tape. It's important to tape both sides of the window, if possible. Be sure not to push down too hard on the glass while applying the tape so as not to break it.
The easiest way to secure broken windows is to tape something over the hole or over the full window itself. You can use a plastic refuse bag, garden rubbish sack or a piece of cardboard to do this. Bear in mind that cardboard won't be much good to you if you're dealing with a frog-strangling downpour.
- STEP 1: Clean the glass with dish soap.
- STEP 2: Mix up the two-part epoxy.
- STEP 3: Apply the epoxy to the crack in the glass using a putty knife.
- STEP 4: Remove excess epoxy with a razor blade and let the rest cure.
- STEP 5: Spiff up the surface with a glass cleaner.
Seven Ways to Keep Cold Air from Coming Through Windows
- Use Weather Strips. Weather strips are an inexpensive way to seal doors and windows in your home.
- Install New Door Sweeps.
- Apply Foam Tape.
- Insulate with Window Film.
- Hang Insulated Curtains.
- Re-Caulk Windows and Doors.
- Use a Door Snake.
- Heat Blocking Window Shades. Putting up window shades is a quick fix for solar overheating.
- Blockout Roller or Panel Blinds.
- External Window Shading.
- Bubble Wrap Window Insulation.
- Heat Reducing Window Film.
- Combining Multiple Methods.