The windows in your home provide protection for your family from weather, pests, and other elements you’d rather keep outside. Occasionally, windows fail, either by way of broken pane, or for some other structural reason. Unless you plan on seizing the opportunity to give your home a refresh and a new set of windows, here’s how you can achieve window repair.
Window repair for a broken pane
To accomplish window repair for a broken pane, you’ll first need to carefully remove the broken glass. A tip from the pros is to use heavy duty tape to make an X on the broken pane which will keep it from smashing to pieces, and you safer, while you work. Next, measure the broken glass pane and head to your neighborhood home improvement store for a replacement. With new glass in hand, gently situated in the ridges of the window, and apply new glazing on top to secure it in place.
When your window won’t open
There are a few tricks you can try if you have a window that won’t open at all. First, inspect the window to make sure there is nothing obvious keeping it from opening like paint, nails, or screws. If you find something getting in the way, remove it. If you don’t, try spraying the window channels with a lubricant like WD-40. If the window still won’t open, it’s probably time to call in the pros to solve the problem.
Window repair for drafty windows
Overtime, the weather proofing built into your window installation might begin to fail. If you notice your windows have become drafty over time, there are a few things you can look for to try and solve the problem. Inspect the caulking to see if it’s still in good shape and apply more if needed. Install or replace any weatherstipping in place. If all else fails, it might just be time for a window upgrade with more energy-efficient replacements.
How long should your windows last?
If you live in an older home, you should expect to replace your windows at some point in time. Experts suggest you can reasonably expect them to last between 15-20 years in good working condition. If your windows are much older than that, it might be time to start a conversation with a window expert on replacement options.