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How to Temporarily Fix a Broken Window

A shattered window is more than just a cosmetic blemish; it’s a gaping hole in your home’s security and comfort. Exposed to the elements and potential intruders, a broken window demands immediate attention. While professional repair is crucial, waiting for help doesn’t have to mean living in a compromised space. This guide equips you with the steps to take for a temporary fix, restoring security, insulation, and peace of mind until professional help arrives. Remember, acting quickly minimizes risk and protects your home – let’s get started securing that broken window!

Key Takeaways

  • Safety First: Wear gloves and clear the area of glass fragments before beginning.
  • Prepare the Materials: Gather heavy-duty plastic sheeting, tape, cardboard, cutting tools, and gloves.
  • Measure and Secure: Cut the plastic to cover the window, taping it firmly to the frame.
  • Reinforce (Optional): Use cardboard for larger gaps before applying plastic.
  • Double Check: Ensure the barrier is secure and can withstand wind and light pressure.
  • Seek Professional Help: While this fix provides temporary security, a permanent solution requires expert repair.

Materials Needed for a Temporary Fix

Before you begin the temporary repair, it’s important to gather the right materials. Fortunately, most of these items are likely already available in your home. Here’s what you’ll need:

Heavy-duty plastic sheeting or garbage bagMain barrier to cover the broken window
Duct tape or packing tapeSecure the plastic sheeting to the window frame
CardboardCover larger holes or gaps in the window
Scissors or a utility knifeCut the plastic sheeting and cardboard to the appropriate size
GlovesProtect hands during the repair process

Having these items at hand will not only make the repair process smoother but also quicker, which is crucial in an emergency situation.

Step-by-Step Guide to Temporarily Securing a Broken Window

  1. Prepare the Area: If there are any large shards of glass remaining in the frame, carefully remove them while wearing gloves. Ensure the window frame and sill are free of smaller glass pieces.
  2. Measure and Cut the Plastic Sheeting: Measure the window and cut a piece of plastic sheeting or a garbage bag that’s larger than the window opening. It’s better to have extra material overlapping the frame than to have gaps.
  3. Secure the Plastic Sheeting: Starting at the top of the window frame, use duct tape or packing tape to secure the plastic sheeting in place. Ensure the tape is pressed firmly against the frame for a strong hold. Continue taping down the sides and bottom, checking for any gaps or loose areas.
  4. Reinforce with Cardboard (if necessary): If there’s a significant hole or gap, place a piece of cardboard over the area before applying the plastic sheeting. This adds an extra layer of protection and stability.
  5. Double Check Your Work: Once the plastic is in place, give it a gentle tug to ensure it’s secure. The goal is to have a temporary barrier that can withstand wind and light pressure until professional help arrives.

Safety Tips When Dealing with Broken Windows

Dealing with a broken window involves more than just a quick fix; it requires careful attention to safety. Here are some crucial tips to keep in mind:

  1. Wear Protective Gear: Always wear gloves when handling broken glass to protect your hands from cuts. Safety glasses are also a good idea to protect your eyes from any glass shards.

  2. Secure the Area: Keep children and pets away from the broken window area until it’s fully repaired. This prevents any accidental injuries from unseen glass fragments.

  3. Dispose of Glass Safely: Wrap larger glass shards in newspaper or cardboard and dispose of them carefully. For smaller pieces, consider using a damp paper towel to pick them up, minimizing the risk of leaving any behind.

  4. Be Mindful of Weather Conditions: If you’re dealing with a broken window during bad weather, be extra cautious. High winds or heavy rain can make temporary repairs more challenging and hazardous.

Remember, these safety measures are as crucial as the repair itself. For more detailed information on handling broken glass safely, refer back to our guide on “The Safest Way to Clean Up Broken Glass”.

The Importance of Professional Repair

While a temporary fix can secure your home for a short period, it’s not a substitute for professional repair. Here’s why seeking expert help is essential:

  1. Long-Term Security: A professional repair ensures that your window is restored to its original strength and security, something temporary fixes can’t guarantee.

  2. Proper Insulation: Professionals have the right materials and knowledge to ensure that your window is not just fixed but also properly insulated, which can affect your home’s energy efficiency.

  3. Quality Workmanship: Expert glaziers from Splendid Window & Glass Repairs bring years of experience, ensuring quality and durability in their work.

  4. Peace of Mind: Knowing that your window has been professionally repaired by a trusted company brings peace of mind, a crucial aspect of feeling safe and secure in your own home.


Don’t let a broken window compromise your home’s safety and comfort any longer. Splendid Window & Glass Repairs offers swift, reliable, and high quality window glass repair services, restoring your windows to their original strength and beauty. With years of experience and a commitment to quality, our team ensures long-lasting solutions and peace of mind. Contact Splendid Window & Glass Repairs today for a free quote and experience the difference of expert window repair!

These additions emphasize the urgency of addressing a broken window, provide a quick reference of key steps, and encourage readers to seek professional help with Splendid Window & Glass Repairs.

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Khalil Chahine

Khalil is the owner of Splendid Window Glass Repairs and has over 8 years experience as a glazier specialising in window glass repair, replacement and installations. Khalil takes great pride in his work and prides himself on providing an excellent service to all of his customers, no matter how big or small the job may be.