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Aidan Coady
18 August 2015
Four Signs Your Window Needs Repairing 

The maritime climate is harsh on windows. Whether it be the annual hurricanes and tropical storms or the long frigid winters, east coast windows take more than their fair share of abuse from mother nature. This can lead to a host of problems - deterioration of the window pane seals, swelling of the frame and water leakage. Being able to accurately assess damage to your window can be the difference between making a timely small repair or having to replace the whole window. In this article we’ll go over the 4 most common signs of window damage. 

Condensation between the panes of glass

When water droplets are forming on the inside of your glass it is an indicator that the seals on your window pane have deteriorated and are allowing air into the space between the glass. This can be caused by the daily expansion and contraction of air in the gap of your window due to rising and falling temperatures. When air is heated it expands causing the panes of glass to swell outward, and conversely, when it is cold they shrink. This constant movement can wear down the seal which then allows air inside the cavity. Once air leaks in, it brings in moisture which can turn into dew (it may look like fog) on the surface of the glass.

This problem may require either replacing the seal on the panes, or replacement of the whole window depending on the amount of water in the window and how long it has been there. 

Difficult to open and shut

Similar to our blog on “sticky” wooden doors, wooden windows are also susceptible to humidity and swelling - this causes the enlarged window to get caught on the frame when opening. Sanding down or planing the window can help, but you risk creating a draft when the wood shrinks back in during dry season. A professional opinion is crucial in these scenarios, and our seasoned window experts are well-equipped to resolve your specific window situation. 

For casement style windows the problem may lie in the window track. Build up of dirt and dust can interfere with the moving parts, making the window tough to open. Applying compressed air to the track can help to clear away the gunk, and administering a dry lubricant to the hinges will help them open more fluently. 

Water leaking from the window

Windows that let water leak in typically have problems closing fully. Simply locking your window when closing can help to secure the window and keep the rain outside.

If you find water is still getting in after locking, there are two possible explanations; your window is compromised and needs replacement, or the water is coming from somewhere else. It could be leaking in through your roof and seeping down into the window.

Draft from windows

A drafty window can be caused by failed weather-strips on the sashes of your window, a cracked pane or the decay of glazing putty on the glass. Replacement of suspect weather-strips and panes is recommended, but there are a few home solutions you can use to mitigate the unwanted air flow before implementing a long term solution. 

Buying a draft snake for the the bottom of your window can help stop air from getting inside, and is an easy DIY project. All you need are a few old socks and some rice to stuff in them! If you have a small crack in your pane, an application of nail polish can be surprisingly helpful -the polish will harden and create a temporary seal in the crack. 

Checking regularly to make sure your windows are operating properly can save you money on repair costs and your energy bill. Hopefully after reading this blog you will be able act appropriately when you see signs of window damage. If you are in the market for a high quality window that can handle the east coast lifestyle, check out our Distinction Series windows – they are built to last and can come with a lifetime warranty! When in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us about your window problems– repairing and installing windows is our passion and we’d be more than happy to help.


Amazing crew, the two installers were punctual, of good humor, and very skilled in their workmanship, even with the additional repair required on a Friday morning before a long weekend. They were both truly professional and I commend them both! A job very well done!

Mike L.

 

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