Sometimes, the cost of repairing or replacing your windows can be daunting. If you just have small window problems, it’s likely that you can actually repair the window yourself and save some money. At Arch City Window, we always want to make sure you’re saving money where you can be. That’s why we want to give you some tips for making those small repairs yourself.
Before you go repairing or even diagnosing the problems, there is a crucial first step to be made: you have to clean the windows. We have plenty of tips on how to do that, including a detailed blog post that describes the full process. You’ll basically use soapy water, a lint-free rag, and a squeegee to completely clear your windows off. This will help you actually identify what problems you have. Sometimes, you might think something is a crack but it is really just a smudge, and vice versa.
Now that your window is clean, it’s time to take a closer look at what the problem might be. Small problems that are easy to repair include small chips, a crack or hole in the frame, or a jammed window. If you think the problem is too complicated, we urge you to proceed with caution – you may actually be doing more damage than you think.
If you go to most hardware stores, you’ll find glass repair kits. These kits will allow you to remove your window, place it on a flat space, and repair chips or small cracks with a special resin that will seal it all together. You’ll want to leave it be for a while so that it dries. Once dried, you can scrape off any excess material and your windows will be looking great!
If there is a crack or hole in your frame, your window may be compromised. Not only will it be susceptible to further damage, it will also look tacky and be a prime target for thieves looking for an entry into your home. Thankfully, repairing your frame is relatively simple. We recommend using caulk to seal any holes and reinforce a weak frame. This will help hold everything together securely and will ensure more time for your windows.
If you have a sliding window, especially a horizontal sliding window, the track can get messed up. This is more of a nuisance than a serious issue, but it can certainly be fixed. Again, we recommend cleaning first. Sometimes material gets stuck in the track and causes issues. If a track is bent, it can sometimes be fixed by hand. You might need a pair of pliers to bend it back into shape.
All of these suggestions will help extend the life of your windows. However, if they are too far-gone, we highly recommend you replace or hire a professional to replace them. At Arch City Window, we do all of that and more for an affordable price. Our professionals are extremely qualified to deliver the best service possible. If you’re interested in getting your windows replaced, or have questions about the process, give Arch City Window a call today and see an improvement on your windows!