Imagine walking past your window and feeling a draft. The window is closed, so there should not be any air coming in, right? This problem can sometimes happen with older windows and can easily be repaired. Or maybe your window is stuck shut and you want to let in the fresh air. Here are some steps to take when repairing windows in your home to make the process painless and efficient.
Removing Debris or Paint
The first thing you will want to do when repairing windows is to make sure that you have cleaned all of the surfaces of the frame. This is especially important with windows that are stuck closed. This problem is often caused by paint or debris being stuck in the track of the window frame. Paint will stick to your windows and debris will cause friction, blocking the path of movement. Paint and debris can be removed by taking a putty knife and sliding it between the frame and the window itself. While repairing windows, take caution to not gauge the frame or window itself. With windows that are stuck due to debris, you may be able to dislodge the debris and open the window. After you have opened the window, you will want to completely clean the tracks and let them dry. Once they are dry, you should be ready to go.
Another common issue with windows is leaking air. Not only is this a nuisance, but it also costs you money in energy bills. Most often these drafts are caused by loose-fitting windows. They may also be a result of constant use over many of years. Either way, they can be fixed. With loose-fitting windows, you may need to replace the frame of the window. However, this will depend on the extent of the damage. Another option would be to remove the moulding around the window. This will open up the frame below and allow you to see exactly what needs to be done. If the window is only slightly askew, you can insert wedges into the frame on the side that needs adjusting. Wedges will bring the frame closer to the window, eliminating the draft.
When to Ask For Help
One final note to remember when repairing windows is asking for help if you need it. If you find yourself at a loss of what to do next, this may be a good indication that it is time to call in a professional. Repairing windows can be a quick fix or a big mistake. If you do not know which one you are looking at, a professional can come in and advise you on the right steps to take.
So when you are faced with the task of repairing windows, start with removing debris or paint, try to tighten the frame to stop the drafts and call a professional when needed to keep your windows at their best.