As commercial window installation professionals will tell you, there are numerous cases of window damage at the job site. The damage can be either permanent or temporary. During construction, this damage may remain undetected for some time, until it’s time to clean up and polish the place. For buildings that are already in use, detecting the damage should take no time at all. If you find a scratch on your window, think of the following:
The Depth of Scratch Matters
Any experienced window installer starts by testing how deep the scratch is. Usually, this is nothing more than running the fingertip over the scratch. If it is too big or unsightly, commercial window installation experts will recommend replacement.
Restoration vs. Replacement
When possible, it is important to restore the glass instead of discarding it. There is a process of grinding the crack out of the glass and making a perfect finish. In most cases, this takes just a fraction of the time and money used in replacement. Ask your commercial glass contractor if they offer such a service and insist on it.
As you deal with the damage, it is important to note several likely causes of this problem. Painting jobs can be a cause of scratches on glass windows. Scrapers are often used to remove paints. If the painter doesn’t pay attention during this delicate procedure, they might crack the window. Welding may also damage glass through iron droplets.
During construction, paint jobs and transportation, it might be difficult to prevent scratches completely. Temporary window protection becomes essential in such instances. Window protection comes in different varieties, but the most popular option is using an adhesive film. Other options include oil sprays, peel off products and applied film.
Glass cracks can be devastating to a proprietor or project manager. In the event of a window crack, remember to analyze the situation first before rushing to replace the window.