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There come a time when, at the least, one of your windows will get broken. Knowing that this is one of the most vulnerable parts of your home, windows need to be replaced immediately instead of leaving it as an open invitation to unwanted visitors or intruders.


Although there are many possible reasons for having your windows broken, such as a ball breaking the glass panel, or requiring to smash it open because you got locked out of your home, or simply because your double glazed windows became misty, homeowners should have them replaced with emergency glazing.


What is Emergency Glazing?


As the term suggests, emergency glazing is a service offered by different double glazing or window companies called glaziers to homeowners who need emergency fixing of their windows. These companies usually offer this type of service round the clock, 365 days a year. This service offers relief to homeowners who do not want to leave their windows an exposed entrance for burglars.


Apart from offering this service to residential units, this is also a service available for commercial establishments. Stores usually have big windows to showcase their products to the public and under some unfortunate circumstance, the windows could get broken. This is where companies offering emergency glazing come in.


Where to look for reliable emergency glazing companies?


Emergency glazing is not a difficult service to look for. Of course you can check your local yellow pages for companies offering emergency glazing and sometimes, you can call on your double glazing service provider to help you with your problem.


There are many types of glass that can be used to replace your broken window:


1. Toughened or strengthened glass is a type of glass used for safety purposes

2. Float glass which is the normal or usual type of glass you would see in many windows

3. Laminated glass is a type of glass that will still hole together even if the glass shattered in pieces

4. Fire resistant glass provides protection for your home against fire


It would be wise to first ask the double glazing company that initially installed your windows since they already have records of your home or commercial windows, as well as you having professionally hired them before so you have experience of their work. This cuts time of having to ask what type of windows will be replaced, what are its dimensions, and other specifications.


Another option is to refer to the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) website to see a list of approved emergency glazing companies. Members of this organisation are trusted by local authorities, the police force, and many commercial companies needing replacement of boarding up needs.

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