Your windows shouldn't always be replaced every single time it gets damaged. Sometimes, all you need is a reliable Northern Virginia window repair professional. On the other hand, there are instances when you can actually do the repairs yourself, as in panes that have cracked or developed unsightly scratches. Below are some helpful simple repair tips that you can follow:

Before Repairing

It's always important that you prepare your windows for a quick fix by cleaning the entire window with a moist, sanitized cloth. Also, you need to make sure that any cleaning product you intend to use on it is appropriate for the glass pane and frame materials. This will assure that your quick fix won't further damage your windows.

Solution for Small Scratches

Small scratches in your windows can eventually obstruct your view when they increase in number; remove them by using simple toothpaste or a jeweler's rogue. After cleaning the window, squeeze on the toothpaste or rogue and use your fingers to fill in the scratches. Wipe off the excess and buff the area. If the scratches are too large, or if your simple repair didn't work, you might need to have your window replaced.

Repairing Cracks

For lengthy cracks that go all the way through the window, you can use strapping tape, as an article posted on the Yahoo! Voices website suggests:

Place a strip of clear strapping tape on the outside of the window. Make sure it covers the hole or crack completely, and extends a little beyond. You can use masking tape but strapping tape is waterproof. That, and the clear tape doesn't show up as much. The tape will keep rain out and prevent a crack from spreading until you permanently make the repair.

Turn in the Towel

There are cracks and other damage that your window glass may incur that might still be present even after your quick fix attempt. In this case, don't hesitate to call experienced contractors to do the repairs for you, or you can opt for window replacement in Northern Virginia instead. Many companies like Roofing & More, Inc. might have services for either that you can make use of.

Take care of your windows by regularly cleaning them and having them repaired when necessary. It's also wise to invest in energy-efficient replacement windows so that you can significantly reduce your power bill no matter what the season.

(Article Excerpt and Image from

How to Easily Fix Small Cracks and Holes in House Windows

, Yahoo! Voices)