Four Common Window Problems

Windows in a home can add charm and cheerfulness and offer great views. In addition, they allow you to make use of the natural sunlight during the day. However, windows are prone to repair issues.

Do You Have Any of These Common Window Problems?

Are you having trouble with your windows? Below are just a few common window problems that require repair. In some cases, full window replacement may even be recommended.

1. Difficult or impossible to open. Wooden windows swell and contract with changes in temperature, making it difficult, if not impossible, to get your windows to open. Sometimes they also can get stuck in an open position. Quick trick: rub candlewax along the sticking edge of the window. If the window still won’t budge, you can plane a little bit off of the window frame and then touch it up with a little paint.

2. Broken panes. Another one of the more common window problems is cracked or broken panes in a multiple-pane window.  It’s always dangerous working with broken glass, so calling in the pros is the best way to handle this situation. If you are planning to fix broken glass yourself, be extremely careful! Wear gloves and use masking tape so you don’t drop shards of glass.

3. Rotten sill. The sill on wooden windows is often the first part to deteriorate. This is usually caused by moisture and condensation accumulating at the base of the window. Over time, this moisture can destroy the wooden sill. You don’t have to replace the entire window frame in order to repair the sill. This is a more complex DIY project, so to prevent further damage, we recommend you let professionals handle it.

4. Window drafts. Although original windows look charming in older homes, single pane, wooden windows can sap the heat from your living spaces. If you can feel the air from outside coming in your old windows, perhaps it’s time to upgrade to more energy-efficient, double- or triple-pane models. The US Department of Energy estimates that switching from single to triple-pane windows can save the average homeowner up to $465 on their energy bills each year! If your windows are drafty, it may be time to replace them for newer, more energy-efficient models.

Learn about other common window problems, but keep in mind that windows don’t necessarily have to be expensive or exasperating to fix. With just a little time and patience, you can fix some common window problems without having to call a professional.

However, some problems do require professional repair or even replacement. If your window problem is serious, or you don’t feel comfortable enough or are unable to repair it yourself, contact Shanco!



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