Accidents happen and things break, that’s the reality of life. And when something people take for granted breaks, like a window, it’s always a major inconvenience, and sometimes it comes about in ways they don’t expect. Here are some things to know about broken glass and cracked windows that might fill in some of the knowledge gaps many of us out there have.
A stress crack usually occurs with an insulated glass window. They occur in buildings and vehicles, most often because of frequent, rapid, and extreme temperature changes. These cracks typically start at an edge or corner and go unnoticed for some time. As they get bigger, they become obvious to the eye, and will only continue to grow.
Leaning heavy items on your windows, even temporarily, can cause major stress on them, resulting in preventable cracks. Slamming windows and doors shut will also reverberate through the walls of the house, or the rest of the vehicle, increasing the risk of stress cracks. Try your best to be firm but not forceful when closing doors and windows.
An impact break occurs when an object strikes the glass with enough force and speed to cause cracks. The classic American example is accidentally hitting a baseball through a window during a game with the other neighborhood kids.
If you should experience an impact break bad enough that you must clean up the glass from the floor, it is extremely important that you DO NOT attempt to remove or replace the remaining broken window yourself. Please leave that to the professionals, as they have the proper tools and equipment to replace the broken window safely.
Pressure cracks are the rarest kind of crack. They usually occur in double-paned glass windows at elevations that are not suitable to them or due to drastic pressure changes in the local weather system.
Even the smallest cracks will get worse the longer you wait to fix it. Contact us now!