Many homeowners don't think much about their windows; they limit their concern to periodic cleaning until a problem comes up. When faced with issues such as peeling window sashes or broken window panes, many homeowners opt to replace the window altogether. The truth is, having to replace your window is an expensive proposition that can be easily avoided by repairing such problems on your own. Window repair isn't difficult as long as you know what you are doing. If you are a homeowner looking to make some window repairs, here are some helpful tips to go about it.
Having a scratch on your windowpane doesn't mean you have to replace it right away even though it can wreak havoc on your home's appearance. For a scratch, apply a coat of clear nail polish on the window glass to cover it then take care of the excess using nail polish remover on a cloth. Alternatively, use a gentle metal polishing compound and polish it. If the glass is completely shattered or broken, replace it only after you know the correct measurements. For wood windows, glazing is required to ensure it stays in place so get familiar with the practice beforehand. Additionally, don't forget to use safety goggles and gloves when working with glass to ensure your safety.
Repairing wood windows
With regular painting and maintenance, all-wood windows can last for decades. After years of neglect with negligible painting, the damage actually looks worse than it really is. While seeking a replacement for a window at this juncture may be tempting, consider that the damage is largely superficial. Using penetrating epoxy putty will take care of the damaged parts as well as fill in holes present in sashes and window sills. Liquid epoxy is a great choice since it can easily be repainted for a better look. Wood windows are prone to gaps which compromise the air barrier of your house, since sashes and stops deteriorate with age. Weather-stripping using foam adhesive or tubular vinyl will therefore save you a lot on your energy costs for temperature control.
Hinged windows such as casements (hinged at the sides) or awning windows (hinged at the top) can frustrate you when their cranking mechanism fails. Opening and closing the window can become difficult but don't fret, it can easily be fixed. First, clean the mechanism thoroughly then apply lubrication. White lithium grease is a good choice for the best results. Alternatively, simply replace the cranking mechanism on its own.