Looking after your windows might not be top priority but when something goes wrong, there’s no hiding from it as your windows are pretty obvious to everyone outside as well as those living in your home. For safety and security, you’ll want to fix the problem quickly. Here are some of the most common issues:
Scratches – If your double-glazed window becomes scratched, there are a few ways you can sort the problem. Fill the scratch with resin, which you can purchase from almost any DIY store. You can also buy special window scratch kits. It might also be possible to polish out the scratch using a lint-free cloth and a super fine abrasive like iron oxide. Do not use household cream cleaners as they will scratch the surrounding glass. If neither solution does the trick, then you may have to replace the pane of glass.
Putty – If you have older timber frames, then often the putty holding the glass can dry out over time and become brittle. This could be causing leaks, draughts and eventually the window will fall out. Before this occurs, take the following steps:
- Soak the putty in bleach to soften it before removing it with a chisel.
- Roll the new putty into a sausage shape and apply it firmly around the edges of the glass.
- Once it is applied you can smooth and shape it with a damp putty knife.
Even better, think about replacing old window frames with contemporary, ‘A’ rated double glazing which will look great and save you money on your energy bills. For Leicester Double Glazing, visit Absolute Window Solutions
Condensation – Even if you already have double glazing, if it’s fairly old then, you could be finding issues with condensation between the panes. This is a sign that your window seals are broken. There is little that can be done to rectify this problem aside from having the glazing replaced.
You’ll want to deal with the problem sooner rather than later too, as moisture between panes can lead to mildew, mould and eventually rot. In the meantime, installing a fan or dehumidifier will help to increase ventilation, especially in rooms like kitchens and bathrooms.
Sills – Often overlooked but window sills are very open to the elements and in particular, condensation. Wooden sills can be tricky to restore once damaged. They can be protected by cutting a length of aluminium sheet to cover the sill. The sheet needs to be fixed in position using 1” roofing nails and then hammer-tapped to get it into shape. Seal any edges with putty for complete protection and paint the sill with a metal primer to get it matching the rest of the windows. Alternatively, replace with uPVC double glazing, which is both easy to maintain and highly durable.