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We all know about the energy-saving benefits of modern A-rated double-glazing windows, and in an ideal situation replacing tired old windows with the latest technology will ensure our homes are as safe, thermally-efficient, and aesthetically pleasing as possible.
But with current living costs on the rise and the highest interest rates in years, unfortunately, that’s not always an affordable option for many South Wales homeowners right now.
Fear not. Rather than face the expense of replacing your home’s windows, it is often possible to fix your existing double glazing. We at Futureglaze have been specialising in double-glazing installation and repairs for over 35 years, and while our installations rarely require any further attention (they are covered by up to a 10-year guarantee), we are widely praised for our aftercare service and repair options.
And it’s not just windows that we’ve previously fitted that we can repair, we are able to offer our repair service to all homeowners across South Wales.
Depending on the issue, a repair may prove a much more cost-effective solution and usually involves surprisingly simple fixes like replacing seals or other components of the window, such as hinges or locks. If there is water ingress due to worn seals, these can usually be replaced and the window can be made watertight again. If the window frames are damaged or there are other issues with the window, it may be necessary to replace it entirely, but you’ll be surprised at just how much difference a window repair can make.
When it comes to window repairs, it is best to contact a professional for advice and assistance. Our team is always on hand to discuss the options in more detail, but in this blog, we will look at what window repairs are and how they can bring life back into your existing uPVC windows.
What should you do if you notice any problems with your double glazing?
If you notice any problems with your old windows, it is important to take action quickly. First, check for any obvious signs of damage such as broken seals or cracked glass. If there are any issues, contact a specialist like Futureglaze as soon as possible to let them know about the problem and arrange for repairs or replacements.
Additionally, if you notice any condensation between the panes of glass, this could be an indication that there is a leak in the system that needs to be repaired. Lastly, if you notice any drafts coming from your windows, this could be caused by a loose seal or similar issue and should be inspected and repaired by a professional. Taking action promptly can help ensure that your double glazing remains in good condition and continues to provide insulation for your home.
What are the most common window problems that can be repaired?
Windows can suffer from a number of different problems that would require repair or even replacement. Some of the most common issues in the UK that can be fixed with double glazing repairs include:
Broken or cracked glass:
This can be caused by wear and tear over time, extreme temperatures, or impacts from falling objects. Repairing a broken window may involve replacing the entire pane of glass.
This can occur due to worn-out hardware or corrosion in the tracks or hinges that cause windows to get stuck when opened or closed, or at the very least make for difficult operation.
This is often caused by gaps in the seals around the frame, allowing air and water to enter through cracks and joints. Repairing leaking windows usually involves replacing or resealing both the frames and sashes.
These are often caused by poor insulation, allowing air to escape through gaps in the frames and seals. To fix draughts, the repair will often need to replace weatherstripping and caulk around the frames to better insulate them.
What are the different types of repairs available?
At Futureglaze, we offer a variety of repair services for windows, including:
Replacing broken or cracked window panes:
We can replace entire window panes or just the glass within the frame.
Replacing weather stripping and worn-out seals:
Weather stripping and seals help prevent draughts and water damage around windows. Futureglaze can replace old weather stripping and seals with new ones to improve efficiency and reduce energy costs.
We can re-seal around windows and renew any silicone joints to prevent air leakage and water damage and improve insulation.
Window hardware such as handles, locks, and hinges can become loose over time and need to be adjusted or replaced. Futureglaze can adjust or replace these components to ensure that windows open and close properly.
Replacing broken window frames
If a window frame is broken or damaged beyond repair, Futureglaze can replace it with a brand new one so that the window functions correctly again.
Is it just windows, or can uPVC doors be repaired too?
Just like double-glazed windows, uPVC doors can be repaired too. Depending on the type and extent of the damage, door repairs may be as simple as replacing a few parts or it might be more complex and require a completely new door. The most common repair issues with uPVC doors include broken frames, loose hinges, worn-out locks and handles, fogged glass, and cracked panels – all of which, Futureglaze are able to help you with.
How do I keep my windows in good condition so they won’t need repairing?
Maintaining the condition of your windows is essential for preserving their appearance and ensuring they continue to function properly. Here are some tips for keeping your windows in good condition:
- Clean your windows regularly using a mild detergent and lint-free cloth.
- Inspect your windows regularly for any cracks, chips, or signs of damage.
- Check the seals around the window to make sure they are intact and free from air leaks.
- Repair any broken or cracked glass promptly to prevent further damage from occurring.
- Apply caulking around the window frames to keep them sealed tightly against drafts and moisture.
- Replace any worn-out weatherstripping to help keep out drafts and reduce energy costs.
Window repairs from Futureglaze
Futureglaze Windows offers a comprehensive window repair service for anyone concerned about the condition of their double glazing. If you’re interested, one of our experts will be happy to come and assess the damage and advise on the most suitable repair. Our most common window repairs include re-sealing windows, replacing gaskets or seals, handle or hardware replacements, upgrading locking systems, fixing condensation issues, and glass repairs or replacements.
At Futureglaze we don’t just offer window repairs but we can install new windows too. So, if you do decide that replacing your old windows with modern double glazing is a better option for you, we can offer a wide range of windows in various styles too.
Get in touch with us today if you want to learn more about how Futureglaze may help repair your windows. Call 01443 423 423 or drop us a message online for more information.