Old houses and buildings that were built before the war are in desperate need of refurbishment. A lot of people who want to preserve their childhood memories revert to restoration. Rather than taking down these old constructions, they seek to revamp these ancestral homes. One of the first things you will notice in these houses is that their windows are either shattered or broken. This should come as no shock as these houses are very old and fragile windows break after a short span of time.
You can make these small repairs yourself. Professional glass services can help with glass replacement but still you must know the basics of restoring old windows. Here are a few tips that will guide you:
At the start of the glass service, you will have to take out the wooden frame. Next, scrape the glazing around the sides of the glass; use proper tools for this job and carefully remove the glaze. Now you are in a position to remove the glass. Use the flat head of the screwdriver to wriggle the glass out of the frame, apply even pressure on both sides before carefully removing it.
Before you move on to glass replacement, there are other minor things to deal with first. Old windows had ropes that were used to open and close them. If the rope has perished and needs replacement then buy a new one. Insert it from both sides and nail it down, make sure that it is long enough and easy to pull. Do not paint the ropes, unpainted ropes can last a lifetime.
Now you can begin working on the glass replacement. Use a wire brush to clean the wood, thoroughly brush the edges and remove any loose debris. Use sandpaper to sand around the wooden frame to give it a smooth and gleamed look.
Professional glass services will tell you to be very careful when performing this final step. It is now time for the actual glass replacement to take place. Put on a bead of caulk where the glass will rest and insert the glass into the frame. Press down with firm hands to set it into place.
Apply the final touches by glazing the window. Cover the edges of the glass so that it attaches with frame. With the completion of this step your glass service comes to an end.
Glass service is a do it yourself task. With a bit of hard work and the right application you will be able to achieve this in no time.