With use and time, the windows of your home will start to wear out and break down. The result often means difficult operation, a drop in energy efficiency, and several other problems. But is damage minor enough to repair? Or does it require replacement windows? Here are some common window problems and some valuable insight into how best to resolve them:
Minor Aesthetic Defects
Chips, dents, and scratches are fairly common in old wood, fiberglass, and aluminum windows. After all, the exterior surface is completely exposed to the elements. Some of these defects you can repair with sanding, filler, and a fresh coat of paint. Other, more serious damage will require more.
Stubborn or Broken Hardware
As long as your windows are not too old, you should be able to find the replacement parts you need to make repairs. Simply check with the dealer or manufacturer and see what they have to offer. If the windows are too old, some parts will be hard to find and the cost of maintenance will only go up. This is when you might start to consider replacement windows.
In most cases, you can patch up a window screen, or replace the screen material on your own with little effort and cost. You can also get replacement screens at a fairly affordable price.
Dirt and debris will build up in the tracks of your windows, which is why routine cleaning and lubrication is necessary. Luckily, maintenance is simple. Use a vacuum, plastic putty knife, and soft bristle brush to remove dirt. Then, apply a silicone spray to a soft cloth and rub it in the tracks. If this doesn’t correct the problem, you might have a warped frame or other larger issue on your hands.
Warped Window Frames
Window materials tend to expand and contract due to temperature fluctuations, sometimes at different rates. This can lead to warped frames. If warping is extensive, the only way to restore the full function is with replacement windows.
Most window styles allow you to simply replace an insert or pane if the glass is broken. If you have newer windows, the repair is more cost effective than getting a new window installed. But if your windows are more than 20 years old, it might be more beneficial to consider replacements.
Condensation between the Panes
This is also known as a “blown window” and is a sign of seal failure on the insulated glazing unit (IGU). The inert gas has escaped and been replaced with normal air that contains moisture. Windows are no longer as efficient as they should be and while there are ways to defog the window, the only way to restore efficiency is with a new insert or replacement windows.
Moisture Leaks and Water Damage
Water damage often starts small. You may notice signs of discoloration, peeling paint, or spots of mold and mildew on the frame or around the window casing. If the damage is small, clean the area with detergent, sand it down, and repair it with epoxy or filler.
If you have more questions about window repair or replacement windows contact us at Home Supply Window & Door. Reach our team of experts at 973-949-5401. Or visit our showroom located at 160 Van Winkle Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506.