Replacing shed windows is a task that most of us at some point will have to sort out. Unless your shed windows are made from indestructible glazing – more about that below – then chances are those windows have broken more than once whether from a football, storm or wayward bird.
If you are replacing a broken window or installing a new window, glass is not your only option. Looking just like glass but much stronger and longer lasting are plastic glazing panels. They’re so much stronger, in fact, they’re virtually unbreakable. Which might be music to your ears if you’re fed up replacing broken window panes.
Here’s a 10 point plan from The Plastic People to replacing shed windows with plastic glazing yourself:
1. Measure your window frame. Top tip: measure twice and check your measurements to the mm to make sure your new frame will fit perfectly.
2. Order your plastic glazing to the size you need. You can do this in a local DIY store or online. You can cut the plastic to size yourself but our top tip is to take advantage of a complementary online cutting service, have it done for you and safely delivered to your home. (If you’d like to include The Plastic People in your search, see their glazing here.)
3. When you have your plastic glazing and you’re ready to fit it, pop on eye protection and heavy duty gloves
4. Remove the broken glass from the window frame, starting with the largest pieces first . If it’s tricky to get all the pieces out by hand, then duct tape the window pane outside of the shed and punch the glass out with a hammer.
5. Gather up pieces of broken glass with duct tape too – top tip if those pieces are too small to pick up by hand
6. Use a knife or razor blade now to remove any putty or trim that is there, used to hold your original window in place. If it’s trim, you can re-use this to install your new pane. Top tip: work gently and slowly so you don’t damage anything inc yourself.
7. Ensure your new window is the correct size – the most important thing of all.
8. Apply new putty to the borders of your frame, shaping it so there are no gaps and it covers top to bottom
9. Press your new window into the putty - making sure it is held in firmly so it doesn’t fall out of the frame when your hands are not there to support it
10. Put some extra putty to secure and weatherproof the window. Top tip: downward slope the putty so rainwater will run off it.