How to Temporarily Fix a Broken Window

16 Apr

How to Fix Broken Window


Fix a Broken Window

At some point as a homeowner, you will likely run into the issue of a broken window. Whether it be from a heavy storm or just a stray baseball, broken windows are fairly common for homeowners. When you notice you have a broken window, follow these easy steps to apply a temporary fix until you can schedule a time to have a professional repair the window or provide window replacement services.

  1. Safety First

    Broken glass can be extremely dangerous so it’s important to wear protective gloves and eyewear when attempting to temporarily fix a broken window. You can use durable work gloves to help protect your hands and wrists from being injured. Once your hands and eyes are protected, carefully feel any broken or cracked sections of the window. Press very softly to check if the pane is still secured or if it is at risk of falling.

  2. Removing Glass

    Be very careful if the window has completely shattered and glass has fallen away from the pane. To temporarily clean up the area, pick up the larger pieces of glass and discard in a heavy duty trash bag. For the smaller pieces, use a broom and dustpan to sweep up the remaining glass.

  3. Securing Cracks

    As a temporary solution for smaller cracks and minor breaks, clear packaging tape can be used to cover the glass. This step is only recommended when the window pane is still secured within the frame and is not at risk of coming loose.

  4. Patching Small Holes

    Small holes in the window pane can be temporarily fixed by applying clear nail polish. You’ll want to apply a few different layers, letting the polish dry between coats. Make sure to apply even coats so that the holes can be properly covered.

  5. Covering the Broken Window

    Use trash bags or strong plastic lining to cover the broken window. You can cut these materials to the size of the window and use packaging tape to hold it in place. Be sure to secure both the inside and outside of the window if possible.

  6. Scheduling the Repair

    Once you’ve safely applied a temporary fix to your broken window, search for window installers or window companies to schedule a repair. We’d be happy to provide window repair services. Our staff is trained to deal with broken windows and can provide a fast and affordable repair. Give us a call to receive a free quote and schedule the repair today!

Things You Will Need

  • Protective eyewear
  • Protective handwear, such as sturdy work gloves
  • Heavy duty packaging tape
  • Clear nail polish
  • Tape Measure
  • Heavy duty trash bags
  • Scissors
  • Broom
  • Dustpan


If you happen to have a piece of scrap wood, you can also use the wood to temporarily cover the broken window. With the wood covering method, you’ll have to use nails to keep it in place, but it can provide a temporary fix that should last longer than plastic.


Broken glass can be very dangerous. Please take the proper precautions to remain safe while dealing with your broken window.