Common window problems and how to fix them
Recently installed high-quality windows should be plain sailing as they’re made of modern materials and are almost certainly double glazed. Older windows, though, suffer from wear and tear, so draughts, mould and malfunctions are more likely to happen.
Even thinking about repairs can be a pain, but luckily, your resident window experts are here to help! Read on to learn about the most common window problems and what you can do to fix them…
Draughty windows. Urgh! A draught can be incredibly frustrating. A constant cold breeze making its way into your home means you’re forever waging war with your thermostat and probably avoiding using the room altogether. Draughts mess with the warmth and comfort of your home and quietly destroy your energy bills, too.
You’re probably aware that this all-too-familiar chill means there is a problem with your window seal. But knowing the cause of the problem is the first step to getting it sorted. Did you know your issue could either be between the frame and the wall or the frame and the glass?
If the draught is through a gap between the wall and frame, you need to fill the gap. If it’s between the glass pane and the frame, you might need to replace the weatherseals.
Whatever the issue, while there are a few quick DIY fixes you can try, the best solution is to get a professional to take a look. They’ll be able to repair your windows to a high standard and advise you on whether it’s time to invest in new double or triple glazed windows.
Hard to open or close
Most windows open and close, so if that’s not happening, you know you have a problem! There are a few common causes of poor functioning windows, such as broken or stiff hinges or structural issues.
If you think you have a problem with the hinges – maybe the window is stiff – try loosening the screw on the hinge. If the window opens too easily, try tightening the screw. A slight adjustment should be more than enough, so don’t mess with the screw too much.
If your window is catching on the frame, check the metal runners are free from debris for smooth movement, but avoid using solvent-based sprays when you’re cleaning because their chemicals can damage your window. If that doesn’t fix it, you’ll need to get a professional to take a look.
Mould on window frames
Mould is the last thing you want on your window. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also affect your health. If you’ve noticed some of the black stuff on your windows, try these tricks to get rid of it and stop it coming back.
First, importantly, identify the cause. The most common cause of mould around windows is condensation. It creates the perfect environment for mould to grow. If you have condensation on the inside of your windows (on the outside is fine), then you might have a humidity problem in that room.
Working out the issue can be the best long-term solution to prevent more mould. If it is humidity, improve the air circulation in the room and think about investing in an air dehumidifier. Where there’s humidity, avoid drying clothes, cooking or showering without the fan on or the window open. It really can be as simple as no condensation, no mould!
Need a quick fix for the time being? To get rid of the mould on your windows, use a soft cloth with a 50/50 warm water and Milton fluid mix to scrub it away. This might not prevent it from coming back, but it will preserve your window seals and stop it from spreading.
Condensation between window panes
While we’re on the topic of condensation, let’s talk about condensation between your window panes.
As with everything, even the best windows in the world deteriorate over time. As double-glazed windows have two panes of glass and a sealed gas-filled gap, the window needs to be a sealed unit to be effective. When the seal gets old and begins to crack, moist air gets into the gap between the two panes. Another possible cause is the spacer bar.
The best fix is to get a professional round to determine the origin of the fault. They’ll suggest either repairing the sealed unit (in most cases) or getting a replacement window.
Replacing the window might be the most cost-effective option in the long-term (despite the initial investment) as your old windows will still need replacing at some point.
Window hinge is broken
Broken window hinges are a common problem. And whether they’re caused by the hinge snapping, dropping or having a fault to begin with, they can make it difficult to use your window properly.
Thankfully, replacing broken window hinges is quick and easy, so don’t wait around to call a professional.
To prevent window hinge issues, you can lubricate them with light engineering oil to keep them working smoothly.
The good news is that if you do have any problems with your Britannia windows, our insurance-backed guarantee means we repair any defects or offer a replacement free of charge (as long as the fault occurred less than 10 years after your windows were manufactured). So, hopefully this gives you some peace of mind!
If you have any questions about your panes or need some window-fixing advice, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We have a lot of window knowledge, so we’ll be able to point you in the right direction.