There are many reasons why your windows may be in need of some kind of repair. Knowing how to make these repairs can not only save you money, but will also ensure that you have obnoxious problems resolved as quickly as possible. Here are three window repair tips you should know of:
Repairing a Stuck Sash:
A stuck sash is a common problem that many homeowners deal with after they have recently painted the home. Many homeowners don't realize that the sash has been painted shut. To fix this issue, simply take a putty knife and run it between the frame and the window. If this doesn't resolve the problem, then you can put a small piece of wood in the window sill and gentle force it open. Once you have done this, try lubricating the tracks on the window to ensure that it continues to be easy to open and close. In rare situations, the issue could be warping wood, in which case you would need to hire professionals to replace the window.
Repairing Broken Glass:
Broken glass can be easy to repair on your own as long as you have the right protective gear. You will want wear protective gloves and even goggles if there are lots of small broken pieces of glass. Be sure that you scrap all of the glass out of the window and remove the metal tabs that held the glass in place. From here, you can measure the opening and have new glass cut for it. Then you can place putty along the edges of the window opening, place the glass inside, and insert the metal tabs from the outside of the window to hold the glass in place. With a putty knife, trim the excess putty to clean it up.
Repairing Rotted Wood:
Rotted wood is a common problem for homeowners who have wood framing for their windows. In some cases, you won't have to replace the entire window to resolve the rotted wood. Instead, you can simply chisel it out. To fill in the hole where you chiseled out the wood, you can use epoxy. Once the epoxy filler has dried, sand it down to the level of the rest of the window frame and paint it.
By knowing how to make these repairs on your own, you can resolve these minor issues before they become worse. However, if you still need extra help with your window repairs, it is a good idea to hire a professional (such as Griggs & Son Glass & Mirror).