Windows are necessary to provide an exterior view, let fresh air flow, and bring natural light into your home. However, your windows can become non-functional eyesores or even safety hazards without proper window maintenance and screen repair. Fortunately, it is easy to keep your windows maintained and working well.
Problems with Windows
Over time, even the most well-constructed window can develop difficulties. As a frame warps or shifts with the home’s foundation, a window may begin to stick or become impossible to open, creating a safety hazard in case of fire or other emergencies. Window seals may wear out or break, creating leaks and water damage or causing heat loss in the winter and excellent air loss in the summer. Broken locks and latches can become security problems, while torn or damaged screens can admit insects and other pests. Fortunately, proper maintenance and simple repairs can correct many of these problems and keep windows working perfectly.
Window Screen Repair
Broken, torn, or snagged window screens are the most common window repair, but they’re easy to fix.
1: Choose the screen you need. You can match nearby windows or choose a screen that permits a clearer outdoor view. Screens are available in aluminum, fiberglass, polyester, and different weave densities or treatments to reduce glare or conserve energy.
2: Set up to work on a flat, stable surface large enough to support the entire window screen and frame. That will minimize the risk of the frame warping or breaking as you work and help you keep the proper tension on the new screen.
3: Inspect the frame closely to be sure it is in good condition. Check that the corners are secure and there is no rust. If the structure is in good shape, wipe it down, so it is clean and ready for work. If there is damage, repair the frame or purchase or build a new one.
4: Remove the spline of the flexible cord in a groove around the screen’s frame carefully, checking for damage or weaknesses along the way. If the spline is torn or cracked, it would be best to replace it as you repair the screen.
5: Measure the new screen carefully to ensure you cut the proper size, allowing 1-2 inches of overlap on each side to adjust the tension as you work. Lay the cut screen over the frame and keep it centered on the shelf for even alignment.
6: Roll the spline into the frame’s groove, tucking the screen into place as you go. Carefully keep the screen taut as you work, so it remains tense but not so tight that it will easily warp the frame or tear. Use a screening tool for the most accessible work and firmest grip.
7: Trim the excess screen away after the entire spline gets reinserted into the groove. Use a sharp hobby knife for these cuts, and use the edge of the spline as it rests in the frame’s track as a guide for a straight, even cut.
8: Reinstall the screen frame in the window and enjoy!
In addition to screen repairs, there are other steps to maintain windows properly.
- Keep the Glass Clean: Regularly washing windows will keep the glass shiny and bright, permitting the best view and allowing more natural light to enter. That is also an excellent opportunity to inspect the window and stay alert to any other potential problems.
- Clean the Track: Cleaning out dirt and debris from the window’s side and bottom tracks will help the window move easily and freely within its frame and sit more securely when closed to keep out insects. If necessary, lubricate the way gently for smoother movement.
- Renew Caulk: Check the window’s caulking and weather stripping at least once a season to ensure that it is properly sealed and insulated. That will help with energy savings to keep warm air from escaping in the winter or hot air out in the summer.
- Lubricate Locks: Inspect each lock and latch to be sure it functions correctly to keep windows firmly closed without excessive force to open or close the lock. If necessary, replace or upgrade locks for better security.
- Remove Excess Paint: If the window frame has been painted and repainted, ensure no paint interferes with the window’s operation or seals. Use a sharp knife to cut through obstructing paint if necessary.
- Replace Broken Windows: If windows are severely cracked or broken, or if the seals between double- or triple-paned windows have been compromised and permit condensation, it may be best to replace them entirely. Homeowners with handyman or construction experience may be able to do these repairs themselves, or it is best to hire professionals to ensure an efficient job following the latest building codes.
Windows are an essential feature of any home, and maintaining them properly and making minor repairs is a great way to keep them looking their best and functioning efficiently in any season. Please contact Brampton Windows at 905 595 5091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and allow us to quote on your job. Let us earn your trust and your business.