Can I replace the broken glass in an aluminum frame window?

Yes! To replace the broken glass in an aluminum frame window, you’ll need a rubber mallet and a Phillips-head screwdriver, or a large flat-head screwdriver or a pry bar.

Many homes in Phoenix have “single-hung” aluminum-frame windows, with one fixed panel or “sash” and another one that slides up and down.

Here’s how to replace the broken glass in a single-hung aluminum window frame, in five easy steps:   

  1. Remove the sliding panel by lifting the frame up and swinging the bottom out of the track. If you need to remove the fixed panel, use your Phillips-head screwdriver to loosen the screws at the top and bottom.
  2. Wear gloves, and once you have removed the broken glass, disassemble the frame by removing the four Phillips-head screws in the four corners of the frame.
  3. Pull the separate frame pieces apart. They may need a few light taps with a good rubber mallet. Sometimes you can force the corner pieces of the frame apart with a large flat-head screwdriver or pry bar.
  4. Be careful not to tear the rubber gasket holding the glass in the frame. Once you have dismantled the frame and removed the rubber gasket, discard the broken glass pane.
  5. Slip the rubber gasket over the edge of the new glass pane. Then slip the aluminum frame over the gasket, resecure the frame with the 4 previously removed screws and reinstall the window in the frame opening. 
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Rosie and Romey Romero, Every Arizona Homeowners Best Friend
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