Keep These Tips in Mind during Your Residential Window Repair
Contemplating if your windows are in a much-needed calibration? How many items you can tick off our handy residential window repair checklist?
- Check the caulking and glazing putty. Look for cracks and gaps in the perimeter of your window frame. If your glass panes are not adhered directly to the frame, then this could cause an adhesive or cohesive failure. Specify sealant suited to your window unit’s needs. Also make sure you caulk your windows in the ideal temperature of 40-80° F.
- Assess your glazing unit. Do a thorough inspection and check the interfaces, setting blocks and side blocks. See if your glass panes are fitted securely. Check the gaskets or sealant with backer rod. Repair and shim accordingly based on wet or dry glazing.
- Observe your hardware operation. Glide your sash windows up and down to see if the cords are broken. Inspect the locking mechanism or crank operator of your casement windows and gauge if they are functioning. Open and close your awning window to see how the hinges perform. Lubricate, replace or repair the hardware accordingly.
- Inspect the framing finish. Look for signs of chipping, cracking and peeling on your uPVC window framing. Are your wood windows lackluster in color? Finish with stain and protective polyurethane, shellac, or varnish top coats. Remove rust on your steel windows with stiff wire brush.
- Scrutinize the weatherstripping. Are your windows sealed weathertight on edges and corners? Does the material compress when the window is shut? Seal air gaps continuously and repel undesirable noise, insects and drafts. Replace worn-out weatherstripping with the right material type such as reinforced foam, silicone or EPDM rubber.
- Look for moisture damage. Check the size and location of all weep holes. Are they blocked by leaves and debris? Unclog with brush, screwdriver or toothpick then drain the stored water away. Inspect your wood window sill for any signs of mold, mildew and rotting. Retrofit, repair or replace as necessary to prevent the spread of rot damage in your home.
- Test the structural integrity. See if there are any deviations from the clearances and tolerances. Do they still comply and meet the stringent standards of modern building codes? How do your windows perform when subjected to wind load and thermal stress? Inspect large floor-to-ceiling glass window for any deflection.
- Gauge the material performance. Does your thermally-broken steel window still block heat and cold from outside in to inside out? Check and mitigate the condensation build-up between the glazing panes of your insulated glazing unit. Test the energy-efficiency of your window unit according to NFRC’s energy performance ratings.
You’ve done the grunt work, and most of the boxes, if not all, are ticked. It’s time for your residential window repair. Invest in the longevity of our high-quality craftsmanship so you can eliminate your window worries down the road. Please browse our website for details, or drop by at our Manhattan showroom located at 135 East 57th St 18-134.