Windows are an integral part of our homes. So if you’re noticing broken glass, cracks, peeling paint or rotten wood on them, these are red flags that they need repair and upkeep. Addressing these issues in a timely manner will not only increase their lifespan but their efficiency.
Here, our glass company experts explore some common window problems (and their solutions) so that you can identify them, act, and resolve them quickly.
Common Window Issues (And How to Fix Them)
Windows don’t usually get as much attention from homeowners as walls or floors, which means it’s about time to give some thought to their upkeep. Here, we examine common window problems that occur due to a lack of proper maintenance – and their solutions.
1) Drafty Windows
Windows play a vital role in keeping our homes well-insulated. If you’re noticing a draft coming through your windows, especially in winter, it’s probably due to some problem with your weather-stripping or seal. This usually appears around the frame’s outer edge where panes of glass overlap, or the frame and glass meet.
Solution: Seal these gaps so you’re not letting in cold air. Replace worn-down window weather-stripping and install it along the side sashes. Look for gaps or leaks on your window frame and apply caulk accordingly. It is advisable to hire a window repair professional for a flawless application and finish.
2) Broken Glass
There are many reasons for broken or cracked glass, like thermal stress, improper installation, or uneven distribution of weight on the glass due to the window’s shape.
Solution: There are two solutions to this problem – repair or replacement. Although buying a new window might look like an easy solution, repairing it is the more affordable choice. Contact a local contractor who specializes in broken window glass repair. However, if the damage is beyond repair, buying a new glass is your only option.
Condensation between window panes occurs when the seal between the panes is broken or the desiccant inside the windows is saturated. This can freeze the window in the winter and leave an icy layer in the middle of your window.
Solution: If your window looks foggy in between the panes of glass, a temporary fix is to run a dehumidifier or fan. For a permanent solution, you need to reseal your window, add weather-stripping, and re-install the windows properly. (Condensation can be a result of poor installation.)
4) Hard to Open/Close Windows
This is not only annoying but also a safety hazard. Whether or not you need to, opening a window in case of emergency and closing it to maintain comfort and privacy should always be an option.
If your windows aren’t opening or closing easily, there could be many reasons, including broken or untied sash cords, being painted shut, or a misadjusted lock.
Solution: If the window isn’t opening, try running a utility knife around any joints near the sash. Sometimes, paint or debris causes joints to stick which prevents it from opening. Make sure you clean window tracks to get rid of dirt and grime buildup. If the window isn’t closing, lubricate the track, tighten the fasteners, and straighten the window. A lack of lubrication and the window being installed off-centre could be the reason.
5) Rotting Window Frames
Apart from functionality, windows add to (or subtract from) the aesthetic value of our homes. For example, wood windows are susceptible to decay and rot due to prolonged contact with moisture from a leak or openings in the wall or roof. This will eventually decay the wood underneath, compromise the entire window frame, and allow mould to grow.
Solution: You can either repair the frame or replace it. Repairs work only when a portion of the window frame is rotted and you’re confident in your skills. If you want to repair it, follow these steps:
- Remove the rotted parts using a chisel or flathead screwdriver and a brush.
- Drill holes in the frame that are evenly spaced out (about an inch apart).
- Dust off the debris by using a brush.
- Cover the drill holes with epoxy wood consolidant.
- Let it dry for 10 minutes and apply a second layer of epoxy.
- Apply epoxy filler on the rotted area using a putty knife so that it matches the shape of the frame.
- Let it dry for 24 hours.
- Level and smooth out the epoxy with sandpaper and apply paint to conceal it.
If your window is beyond repair and the rot is extensive, hire a window replacement professional.
Keeping your windows in top condition is necessary if you want your home to be beautiful, energy-efficient, and resistant to diverse weather conditions. Regular maintenance not only increases the lifespan of your windows but also prevents many problems from occurring in the first place. If you’ve overlooked the importance of window maintenance and are now facing problems because of it, we hope this advice will help.