Replacing Glass in a Metal Storm Window

This story shows you how to replace glass in a metal storm window.

Screen and Storm Window Repairs

Metal storm and screen windows are frequent troublemakers, partly because they are often of poor quality and may have been hastily installed. You can sometimes -- but not always -- purchase replacement parts; manufacturers are often regional and may be out of business. For a tighter seal consider installing better-quality storms.

Prestart Checklist

1 or 2 hours to make most repairs

Hammer, tape measure, putty knife, spline roller

General carpentry skills

Remove and inspect storm sashes. Contact manufacturers for parts as needed.

Screening and glass as needed, exterior wood glue or polyurethane glue, dowels, finish nails

Replacing glass in a metal storm window: Step 1

If the broken pane has large pieces that will not pull out easily, disassemble the frame in order to remove the glass. Unscrew the retaining screws and remove at least one piece of framing.

Replacing glass in a metal storm window: Step 2

Order a new pane the same size and thickness as the old. Unless the rubber gasket is in great shape, buy new gasket material as well. Slip the gasket onto the edges of the pane. At the corners, make a cut in the gasket so it wraps the glass without stretching or bulging.

Replacing glass in a metal storm window: Step 3

Slip the pane and gasket into the frame's groove; make sure it seats firmly at all points. Push on the frame piece that you removed, check that all the corners are tight, and drive the retaining screws.

Comments (5)
pkhansen3 wrote:

Yes, there are no screws in the corners of my storm window frame, either.

5/10/2012 12:20:37 PM Report Abuse
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