Windows do a lot for our homes. They protect us from the elements, allow all that great natural light
into our living areas, and add an aesthetic to improve the look both the inside and outside. They are
expensive to replace, but there are a lot of things you can troubleshoot yourself. Along with regular
maintenance, fixing things yourself can save you money and extend the life of your windows.
There are certainly issues that require professional help, and you shouldn’t attempt anything you don’t
feel comfortable doing. While there are things that are better left to your Denver windows expert, there
are a number of tasks that you can perform to make sure your windows maintain their integrity and
keep your family protected.
Watch For Warping & Rotting
As windows age, it’s very common for them to experience some sort of change that can compromise
their effectiveness. If your frames are wooden, you might notice some warping or rotting. This is
commonly caused by moisture getting into the wood, which can cause the wood to expand or contract.
If the wood starts to rot, it will also interfere with the functionality of your windows. These issues can
cause leaks or drafts to occur.
Depending on the severity of the warping, you might be able to add in some caulking or filler or cover up
the cracks. You can potentially prevent warping by adding protective stain, or another coat of paint, to
your wooden windows every 2-3 years. You can remove the parts of the window frame that are rotting
to prevent it from spreading, but that may also damage the integrity of the window structure. If the
damage is more severe, you might need to replace the windows.
Dealing With Broken or Damaged Windows
There are always going to be accidents, and sometimes things get broken. Window panes can break –
either from a hail storm, the errant baseball, or a multitude of other reasons. Just like the glass, the
other parts of your window can break down, too. The latches that keep the window locked can break,
and even the window frames themselves aren’t immune to cracking. Wooden frames in particular can
crack over time, and most cracks can commonly be fixed by using wood filler.
Dealing with broken parts could provide an easy fix. Replacement parts can be found for most broken
latches and locks, so those problems are generally minor. When replacing the glass, make sure to be
careful and take all proper safety precautions when removing the broken pieces. Depending on the type
of window, this might be best left to professionals to ensure that all of the seals are maintained with the
There are a multitude of problems that windows face, but their insulating properties are one of the most
important things for allowing your home to stay safe and comfortable. Don’t hesitate to call a
professional if you are unsure about the repairs that need to be done. For more information on window
maintenance and repair, reach out to the experts at JDI Windows today.