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Window problems can range from the minor to the potentially damaging and dangerous. A minor problem such as a small draught can also lead to a much larger problem when left untreated. Stiff opening, faulty locks and broken seals can all become more serious and more costly to repair if left for too long.
If you’ve been having problems with your windows, you’re probably thinking whether repair or replace is the best option. To help you to make a fully informed decision, we’ve compiled this handy list of frequently asked questions we receive from our customers and the best answer to find a solution.
My windows are difficult to open and close, what can I do?
If your windows are difficult to open and close and you need to use force or slightly lift the sash when opening, it’s likely that your window has dropped. This problem should be able to be easily rectified by a glazing professional. A glazing expert will remove your window’s sealed unit and insert more plastic packers. This will help to support your window in the correct position. If the problem is with the window’s handles, then replacing these could be the solution.
How can I stop heat escaping from my windows?
If you’re experiencing significant heat loss through your windows, the problem is most likely with the seals. Replacing a window’s seals is a relatively simple job and will have an immediate effect on your window’s heat retention capacity. Replacing a window’s seals, however, is only a temporary solution. For older windows which were installed more than ten years ago, replacement may be the more cost-effective solution in the long run.
My window locks are broken, what is the best solution?
Broken window locks are a serious problem. They can be a security risk – creating a potentially weak spot for intruders. They can also be a safety concern – particularly for families with young children. Replacing a window’s locking system, however, is usually a straightforward job. If you ensure that you source the correct hardware, then replacing a like for like security system can be done by a competent DIYer. If your window’s locking system is outdated, however, it may be preferable to upgrade your locks to a more secure multi-point locking system.
What can I do about condensation and misted windows?
If you have a problem with interior condensation or water in between the two glass panes of your double glazing, then the seal has been compromised. The sealed unit will need to be removed and replaced to rectify the problem. This should always be done by a skilled and experienced professional who can provide all the necessary certification. Although condensation may seem like a minor problem, when left untreated it can cause problems to develop with damp and mould.
Can I repair broken glass in a double-glazed window?
If you have a crack in your double glazing, if left untreated it can become bigger and potentially cause a safety risk. Depending on the size and position of the crack, it may be possible to fix it by injecting the damaged area with a clear Epoxy adhesive. Although this method will improve the appearance of your window, the cracked area will still be weakened, and you should consider replacing the window in the near future.
Window repair and replacement from Futureglaze
At Futureglaze Windows, we offer all our customers an extensive window repair service. If you’ve experienced any problems with your windows, one of our experienced glazing experts can visit your home to identify the best solution for your particular problem.
We provide a range of window repair services including re-sealing windows, gasket or seal replacements, handle replacement, locking systems upgrades, fixing condensation issues, and repairing and replacing glass sections.
If you decide that replacing your windows is a better option then we offer all our customers a wide range of window styles including casement windows, bay windows, flush sash windows and sliding sash windows. We install windows made from both uPVC and aluminium, so whatever type of property you live in, we’ve got the perfect window for you.
If you’d like to find out more about how Futureglaze can help you to improve your home, get in touch today. For more information about any of our products or services call 01443 423 423 or send us a message online.