Common Window Problems
Faulty windows are not only an inconvenience, especially in bad weather, but they can also be a security issue. Whether you have single paned or double glazed windows, if they aren’t functioning as they should, they can end up losing you money and leaving your home vulnerable to intruders.
Here’s a look at some of the most common window problems that indicate it’s time to get them repaired or replaced.
If a window won’t open properly, stay open or won’t shut properly, it could be due to faulty hardware. Sash windows are notoriously problematic. Firstly, because many still have their original parts and secondly because sash systems have more components that can be damaged.
Over time, cords can fray and break and pulleys can rust and wear down. Once this happens, it’s best to replace the entire system with a modern, more durable sash window system.
Wooden, painted frames can be affected by varying temperatures which cause the timber to expand and contract, resulting in cracked, split and bubbling paint surfaces. Water penetrates the underlying timber, turning it soft and spongy, leading to wet rot and decay. If caught in time, the area can be repaired and resurfaced, but if the rot spreads, then the entire frame will need to be replaced.
Many older window frames are painted over and over again, causing windows to stick, not open and close properly and to be draughty. The change in thickness can also put stress on fastenings and locks which will eventually buckle and break off.
Be careful when stripping down old paint layers; deeper layers may contain lead which can be a health hazard, once exposed.
Foggy windows are usually caused by worn seals that let moisture in or by poor installation of older double glazed structures. This will eventually cause the surrounding frames and sills to rot and also affect the inner walls resulting in stains and peeling wallpaper.
Cracked or broken panes are a high security issue and should be fixed immediately. Take care when dealing with broken glass as it’s more at risk of shattering and causing injuries. Double glazed windows are made up of two glass panes, separated by an insulating gap. If one of the panes breaks, the whole system will be weakened and the integrity of the entire unit will be compromised.
If your windows need to be repaired or replaced, it’s advisable to seek professional help. For more information on window repairs in Brighton contact Brighton Trade Windows today.