Windows/Screen Repair and/or Installation

good window screen keep out the pests and double pane windows keep out the elementsWindows and doors need special maintenance because they have moveable parts and are exposed to the elements. They also frequently give homes a special character and can be expensive to replace. Therefore, proper maintenance is important. Exterior maintenance for doors and windows is discussed below; for suggestions about interior window maintenance, please refer to the next chapter of this guide.

Checklist for Windows and Doors:

CRACKED GLASS. Few people make house calls to repair broken glass. If you cannot find a person to repair the glass you have three choices: 1) remove the sash and take it to a hardware store or glass shop for re-glazing; 2) buy a new pane cut to size and install it yourself; or 3) cut the glass yourself from standard-size sheets. A home maintenance book will guide you in exploring these options.  Old glass has waves or imperfections in it, and is much more likely to shatter into shards than new glass.  Take extra care when cleaning or caulking it.

STORM WINDOWS. Properly maintained and installed storm windows protect your home against heat loss. Check for cracked glass and a tight fit. Never caulk a storm window where it sits on the window sill because water can then collect on the sill causing it to rot.

Different types of screen materialsSCREENS. Vacuum dirt from screening; and clean oxidized aluminum with car polish. Clean screens by blasting them with water from a hose, then scrubbing with a stiff brush. Don’t forget the frame’s edges. Also, mend any punctured screening with a dab of quick drying household cement. To patch metal screens, cut a section larger than the opening; unravel a few strands, fit over hole and bend strands back.

WINDOW SILLS. Check your window sills for deterioration or rot. The best prevention technique is paint.

Sills should be inspected annually and repainted as necessary. Check for soft areas in the wood of the sill and brick mold by pressing a screw driver into the wood; if the screw driver penetrates beyond the wood’s surface, this is an indication of rot. If the rotten area is not too extensive, a wood filler may be used to repair it. If the rot is extensive, the sill may need to be replaced. You may need to consult a professional carpenter.

CAULKING. Caulk around windows and follow the other advice included in the “Buttoning Up Your Home” section of the Energy Saver Chapter of this guide.

STORM DOORS. Binding or sticking doors may be caused by loose hinges or warped wood. Tighten hinges. Try rubbing soap or wax on areas that bind. If this doesn’t work, you may need to sand or plane down the door; consult a maintenance manual.

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