Ever wondered how that oil jar cracks while doing nothing but sitting on the shelf? Or how the glass door incurred a crack while you were simply trying to slide it open? Glass is a fragile material and can crack for various different reasons. But how it cracks and the severity of damage strongly depends on the type of glass. Sometimes a glass repair may be possible but if the crack has expanded and spread, then you might have to reach out to a glass company like Crystal Glass in Edmonton.

There are three main types of glass cracks and understanding them might help you address the issue a little better. Some cracks can be spontaneous, while others are more accidental. Let’s take a deeper look into the four kinds of cracks:

Impact Cracks

As the name suggests, impact cracks are those that happen due to a heavy impact from another object; for example, such cracks might appear on a window glass upon impact from a ball or rock. Now the pattern of how the window glass breaks depends on factors like speed and mass of the object and the size and thickness of the glass.

Of course, nobody likes the glass to break because not only does it call for additional expenditure and effort, it’s dangerous too. The broken shards of glass and the crack (or a bigger hole) in the window can hurt anybody who comes into contact with them. The sharp edges can hurt even on just minor contact, and thus need to be carefully sorted out as soon as possible. We suggest you hire a professional glass repair and replacement company. They’ll cover the broken parts of the window with a duct tape and then carefully remove the entire glass. They’ll take the necessary precautions to ensure maximum safety, and will replace the glass appropriately.

Stress Cracks

Stress cracks refer to cracks that occur when the glass gives way to relieve the stress. Something that usually when happens there’s a fault in the design of the glass. Usually annealed glass and heat-strengthened glass are the ones that suffer from this kind of damage.

You may have noticed some cracks that spread out from your window edges? Those are usually stress cracks. They start out near the edge and then slowly spread out. Most often, a sudden increase or decrease in temperature can apply undue pressure on the surface of the glass, causing it to crack. The crack can be repaired if it hasn’t spread to several inches. If that happens, you’ll probably have to get the entire glass replaced.

Pressure Cracks

No, pressure cracks aren’t the same as stress cracks. The main characteristic of a pressure crack is its curvy shape. It’s often just one line with a web of small cracks surrounding it. They’re perhaps the most uncommon of their kind and usually occur in insulated glass or double-paned windows. Similar to stress cracks, they can occur due to sudden changes in temperature or if the glass/ window is not properly installed. Pressure cracks can rarely ever be repaired and typically require a total window replacement.

Spontaneous Cracks

These types of cracks are mostly common in tempered glass, but not in the nickel sulfide ones. Mostly found in usage such as shower doors, where the glass is exposed to constant heat from hot water and is repeatedly banged. Because of the constant impact the glass can sometimes break without any indication or sign.

How to Contain the Crack

The crack may not get worse right away but don’t be mistaken, if you don’t address the problem soon enough, it will most certainly spread. Not to mention, a cracked glass is dangerous. Not only is it like a ticking bomb that might explode anytime, if it breaks near a person, the broken shards can hurt them too.

Use Masking Tape

If you’re going to wait a little before you hire a glass expert to take a look, we suggest you take some of our advice. First and foremost, it’s important to cover the cracked part of the glass. Use masking tape to cover the crack from both sides; this will slow down the crack from spreading.

Use Super Glue

You could also use super glue in between the cracks to contain the crack but that’s only a temporary fix. Besides, applying glue would mean that it would very obviously be visible and that would further take away from the appeal of your window. But if you do decide to go ahead with it, make sure you clean it with acetone or nail polish remover.

Safety Hazards of Broken Glass

Other than the fact that broken glass can hurt you or anybody who comes into contact with it, there are other safety concerns to it as well. For example, a crack that’s left unattended may lead to a full fledge breakage due to harsh environmental conditions. This would only make your problem far worse. Not to mention, broken glass offers a great opportunity for burglars and thieves to take advantage of the tiny opening in your window. Besides, getting a crack repaired is a lot more cost-friendly than getting an entire window replaced. And if you don’t get the damage addressed immediately, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll end up having to make that heavy expense on window replacement very soon.

What You Need to Do

It’s simple – find a reliable and reputable glass repair and replacement company and get your window fixed. With an expert by your side, you can be sure that they’ll inspect the glass thoroughly and would only suggest the necessary course of action.

Here, at Crystal Glass, we take pride in our quality standard and a team of very professional experts who work diligently to make sure our customers get the best possible service. Book your appointment today!

Category: Auto Glass