Handy Repair Tips to Fix Your Broken Window

Slightest of discrepancy in windows can result in hefty repair costs, if you are not careful. No matter how much you splurge in installing quality windows, problems are bound to crop up at one point or the other. Repairing windows does not necessarily entails calling in the assistance of a professional; you can do so yourself, with the right tools and technical know-how. If your window has given out on you, here is what you need to do.

Repair rattling window frames

The first sign of problem is when your window does not stay up, or falls abruptly, every time you open it. The next time you hear those windows rattling this is what you need to do.

Observe the window carefully, to see which part of the window is rattling – the upper or lower sash. A simple way to check this is by touching the windowpanes, lightly with your fingers. If the frames move at your touch, they are loose.

First, clean the window thoroughly with a clean and damp cloth. Make sure to reach all the nooks and canny of the windowsill. Once cleaned, allow the window sash to dry off naturally.

Next, caulk the windows with silicone-based caulk; you can make use of a simple card or small putty knife to fill the caulk in tiny crevices or holes.

Wipe of the excess caulk with a damp cloth and vinegar solution. Follow the specifications given on the label, precisely. Allow the caulk to dry off for at least 6 to 8 hours. At the end of the stipulated hours, you will find the window frames firmly fixed in their place.

Broken windowpanes

Nothing can mar the beauty of your window, the way broken panes does. Dealing with broken glass shards can be dangerous, start by putting on a safety gloves and goggles.

Using a pliers remove tiny splinters of broken glass from the window. Give the window a thorough scrub with wire brush to remove any surface dirt. Remove the old glazing points with a putty knife or tip of the screwdriver. Apply a bead of putty in those tiny grooves of rabbit.

Next, position the new glass over the window frames. Gently press down the glass, until the glass is implanted deep into the putty. Apply glazing points to each section of the window sash; using putty knife push down the glazing point into the wooden sash.

Dealing with rotten windowsill

Your wooden sill takes quiet a beating, from sticking out in extreme weather conditions, year after year. Regular cleaning and a fresh coat of paint is all that it takes to keep the windowsill sturdy and new for years to come. However, if you find the wood turning spongy from exposure to excess moisture, then you have some cause for concern.

If water is trapped within the wood, causing it to rot, then you need to conduct epoxy repair. However, if you find more than 10% of the wood is rotted, then it is time you replace it completely.

Administer caution at all times, when dealing with tools or broken glass. Seeking assistance of a friend or a relative is always a safe measure.