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I have in the garden at home a 2 year old shed, well cared for, except the styrene window keeps bowing out/gaping/blowing, no matter how often I remove the frame stays, pull the styrene taught and screw it back in taut. I have tried yacht silicon, too, but it fails to hold it in place.

I am thinking a replacement window frame - probably as easy to get a joiner/glazier to do the whole thing (with toughened glass*) as I doubt an opening window is a priority in NE Scotland (if it is warm enough to require an opened window in the shed, I am in the garden and open the door).

Has anyone else other solutions that might be cheaper and not require a tradesman?

*My aggregate is made of recycled tv/computer screens (Glasglo it is called) so any broken glass would be hard spot and I have dogs; I am not keen on opaque polycarbonate.


  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,455
    The cheap solution is to brace the exiting plastic with a central timber bar or 2 depending on the size of the window.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,159
    Or just buy some strips of wood that can be screwed or tacked round the frame to fit the frame and overlap, and thus hold, the window in place.
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  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    Clear acrylic would be the solution, Styrene expands and contracts so much it bends, acrylic is much more resilient to temperature fluctuation you need to cut it 3 or 4 mm all-round smaller than the frame to allow for a little expansion use window glass tacks to keep it in place and the window beads should not be fitted tight to the sheet.

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  • Thanks - the styrene has blown again despite all tactics suggested and yacht silicon. I find that a sheet of toughened glass is about £40/m so i may ask a local glazier to put in toughened glass panes or even opening window(s) - there are two panes.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 5,973
    What about Perspex? You can get a sheet cut to size and its screwable so you could screw it into the window surround.
  • mrtjformanmrtjforman Posts: 331
    I had to look up styrene which is very crappy material compared to acrylic or perspex apparently so like people have suggested if you replace the panel with a 4mm sheet from wickes for about £20 that will solve your problem.
    It is not the easiest to cut though and cracks easily so maybe someone who will send you the right size like might be good, I have no idea about their pricing.
    It sounds like you are eager to get a proper window but it will cost more than just £80. 
  • mrtjformanmrtjforman Posts: 331
    if you browse that website i just posted which I just did they say acrylic is stronger than glass and weighs half as much but they also have clear polycarbonate which they claim is indestructible. 
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