Cost to Replace a Broken Window Pane – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 252

$ 40

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 41% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Replace a Broken Window Pane noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

What’s the cost of replacing a window pane? Save money by replacing broken window glass instead of hiring a handyman who charges $252. You can do it yourself for $40 and save 84 percent.

Save money by replacing a broken window pane yourself and be confident knowing you’ll be doing it again in your life as a homeowner. The sound of shattering window glass can be jarring, and its repair an inconvenience, but the job is not as difficult as it may seem.

If you can remove the window sash, you can take it to a glass repair shop or hardware store and have the pane replaced; if the damage is in a fixed window, you can hire a handyman or make the repair yourself.

You’ll pay a handyman about $252 to remove the damaged glass and replace a 24-inch square window pane with double-strength glass. That includes labor and material. You can make the repair for $40, the cost of the materials, and pocket an 84 percent saving. The bonus is you’ll pick up a new life skill you’ll probably use again many times in your years as a homeowner.

For safety’s sake, wear a pair of work gloves and eye protection, and use a screwdriver and pliers to remove the broken glass and old putty. To measure for the new piece of glass, use a steel measuring tape to find the length and width of the opening and have the glass cut 1/8-inch smaller.

Buy some glazier points and glazing putty with the new glass. Use a scraper to clean the perimeter of the frame and dust it out with an old paintbrush. Then run a bead of putty around the frame, and press the new glass in place with glazier points. Gently tap them into the sash with a hammer. Complete the repair by applying the new glazing putty smoothed around the frame with your finger and a putty knife.

Be careful working with glazier points because they’re very sharp and easily scatter if they’re not contained. If removing the old glazing putty is difficult to remove, apply heat to warm it using a heat gun or hair dryer.

The average price to repair broken window glass noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.