What Kind of Damage Requires Window Repair?

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What should you do when you need window repair?

Here in Texas, a lot of homeowners like to open up the windows when the weather is nice. Our weather is so unpredictable, you could have that nice day in the middle of winter or the hottest part of the summer. But enjoying that weather through a broken or cracked window isn’t the same thing,  and that makes window repair a necessity. If you’ve found yourself looking for window repair in Fort Worth, TX or any nearby cities, the team at Armstrong's Glass & Mirror is always available to answer any questions you might have. We’ve put together answers to some of the most common questions homeowners have when they’re dealing with the need for window repair services.

How much will it cost to repair my windows?

Like other home repairs, there isn’t any way to “average the cost” of window repairs. The shape, size, and type of window will be key factors in the pricing. Whether the damage is just the glass portion or if the window frame is broken too will affect the cost as well.

Every contractor that provides window repair service is going to have its own rate schedules too. It is wise to call several and get quotes before choosing one for the job. It may be a flat fee once they know the details about the broken window, or it could be an hourly job plus materials. 

Can I fix a window myself?

In most cases, a handy DIY homeowner with the proper tools and supplies can do their own window repairs. The most common recommendation though is to hire the window repair job out to an experienced contractor, but not everyone has an unlimited bank account. The following are some window repairs that a DIY homeowner can do without a lot of trouble: 

  • Stuck windows: This window repair can be done by rubbing the edges of the window with candle wax or plane the opening edge of the window casement. This is done by unscrewing the casement from the hinges and then using a screwdriver and hammer, tap the window free. 
  • Loose, rattling windows: –This window repair is nothing more than adjusting the positions, something akin to installing a new window. 
  • Windowsill rot: If only a part of the windowsill is rotten, window repair is still possible. Simply cut back the rotted part and cut another piece of new wood using the piece you just cut off as a template, but a little bit larger. Using a router,  cut the drip groove and then screw the patch into place and sand it so that it’s smooth. 
  • Misfit: – If the mortise plate is a misfit from the window frame, use a screwdriver to reposition the plate into its new fitting. Then, trace the outside of the plate so that you have the placement identified and set the plate aside. Now chisel the mortise to change the size if necessary and then reattach.  
  • Stiff hinges:  This is one of the easiest window repairs!  Spray WD-40 or some other type of low-viscosity oil on the hinges and then move the back and forth to work the oil into the hinge. 
  • Broken catch: A broken window catch can be repaired by using a screwdriver to pry the cover off, then remove the catch and replace it with a new one. 
  • Torn window screens:  This can be a downside to having the windows open, but oh so worth it on those beautiful cool nights! You can buy replacement screens or screen patching kits. Just follow the directions on the package. 

Can I replace just the glass broken on a window?

Yes, in most cases you can replace the glass instead of attempting window repairs.  This is a popular option for homes where the budget may be too tight to call a professional and will end with the same results. However, if the sash is damaged, glass-only window repair is not possible. 

Is it worth it to repair windows?

If the window frames are broken, then no, window repair is not an economical choice. Replacing the entire window will give you a higher ROI, whether you have it done or do it yourself. 

How do you fix foggy windows or can you fix foggy windows yourself? 

There are several things you can do to prevent windows in your home from fogging up, and they all have to do with ventilation.  Make sure your home has good air circulation and keep the ceiling fans running in every room, including during the winter months. This will keep the warm air from the heated air from sticking to the windows and causing them to fog up. 

Purchase a dehumidifier for every room that has foggy windows or invest in a whole-house dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will remove moisture from the air that gets inside double windowpanes. 

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Having windows is an addition to any home that can bring in natural light and when open, brings in fresh air. Imagine living in a home, even an apartment without any windows! And having those window repairs taken care of as they are needed will keep the beauty and value of your home in place, setting up an attractive curb appeal. If you’ve found yourself in need of window repair in Fort Worth, TX or any nearby cities, our team at Armstrong's Glass & Mirror can be there to help or to provide you with answers to any questions you may have. Reach out to 817-937-6267 if you would like to speak to a member of our team.