How To Cover a Broken Window Until It Can Be Fixed

One day, your windows are in perfect condition—but then the next day, you notice that there’s suddenly a mysterious crack on your window. You’ll be wondering what to do about your fractured glass, and that sense of urgency only increases if it’s raining or snowing outside. It’s possible to temporarily repair your window, at least to keep nature’s elements out of your house for a few hours or even a day. 

So, what should you do about your broken window in the meantime? These methods aren’t designed to fix your windows permanently. They should only be used while you decide if you’d like to go with professional glass repair or need a new window entirely. 

Repairs for Cracked Glass

If there’s an unsightly crack on your window, there are a few steps you can take so that the crack doesn’t spread to the rest of your window. Keep your house sealed against drafts while you decide the next move to take. For smaller cracks left by gravel or hail, a good option to consider for covering your broken window is transparent shellac or nail varnish to fill in the crack. However, this process will take a while as you need to apply new layers after the old layers have dried. Larger cracks will require you to fill in said cracks with glue. Once again, you’ll be forced to layer on top of the other dry layers, so this will be time-consuming. In either case, make sure that you clean the window area completely before applying the fix. 

Another quick fix is applying masking or clear packing tape on both sides of the crack. This method only works if you can access both sides of the windowpane. During the winter, this method might be a bit more difficult to use because the frigid weather will hinder the adhesive’s sticking abilities. Be careful during the hotter summer months as well, as the heat might melt the tape. As far as temporary fixes go, trying either of these methods is better than sitting idly by and not doing anything for your broken window at all. 

Fixes for Shattered Glass

Put on some good quality gloves and eye-protective gear for handling shattered glass. Put two-ply heavy-duty trash bags and tape them securely within the frame, or you can fill the hole with wood for a temporary barrier from the outdoors. Both of these fixes are not aesthetically pleasing and can prove to be time-consuming; however, they will keep your home secure until you decide if you want to put in a new sealed unit or if you want to replace the entire window. 

There’s no avoiding it—at the end of the day, you will have to contact a professional who specializes in glass repair if you’re set on keeping your current window. Luckily, Murray Glass has you covered. There’s no chip, break, or crack that we can’t handle, so give us a call today.