Having kids accidentally break out one of the windows in your garage door can be a bit irritating, but there is no reason to get too frustrated over the situation. Fortunately, swapping out the broken window for a new one is not overly difficult to do. The guide below walks you through the process of replacing a broken window in your garage door quickly and easily.
Measure the Damaged Window
The first thing you need to do is measure the window that was broken. You need to know the width and length of the window to ensure that you get the right one to fit into the opening in the garage door.
Purchase the Replacement Window
Go to a home-improvement store to find the replacement window that you need. Read the labels closely to ensure that you choose a window that is the perfect size for your door. If you are unsure, use a tape measure to measure the window to make sure it is the exact size you need.
Remove the Frame from Around the Window
Close the garage door and use painter's tape to tape the frame that goes around the window on the outer portion of the garage door to the door so that it doesn't fall to the ground when you remove the screws holding both the inner and exterior portions of the frame together. Look at the window closely from inside of your garage. You should see a frame that goes around the glass, as well as small screws holding the frame in place. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws, and the frame should pull away from the door rather easily.
Remove the Broken Glass
Next, you need to carefully pull any pieces of glass that are still in the door out so that the new window can be put in place. Be careful; these pieces can be very sharp and could cut you badly. It is best to wear gloves when removing any leftover glass. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck out any glass shards that may be left when you are done.
Replace the Glass
Next, you need to slip the new glass into place where the old glass was situated. At this point, you can put the inner frame back over the glass and use the screwdriver to tighten the inner and exterior frames to one another.
When you are finished, no one will even be able to tell that the window was broken. The entire process does not take a lot of time and is very affordable to do on your own. Talk to a company such as Callahan Door and Window for more information.