As summer winds down, it’s time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the fall months and the cooler weather that the changing seasons bring. One of the best things you can do is inspect your windows for damage that could lead to drafts and cold air seeping in when you’re trying to keep your home toasty warm. And one of the most common issues homeowners see is loose window glass in their frames. That loose glass can let the cold inside and create a loud rattling noise anytime the wind picks up. Luckily, it’s easy to deal with. Here are a few ways to fix loose window glass.
Caulk the Gaps
When your window glass was installed, your installation team added a layer of caulking around the glass itself. Though the caulk should last for years, it can break down over time. Once it does, the glass won’t sit in the frame as tightly as it should, causing it to rattle and allow drafts indoors. Luckily, the caulk can be reapplied.
Use a putty knife to slip caulking along the edge of the glass. Do this all around the window and let the caulk set. Use a soft microfiber cloth to clean any residue left on the glass itself. If done properly, the glass should sit in the frame tightly.
Repair the Frame
Unfortunately, it’s not always the caulk that’s causing the loose glass. The frame can shift and loosen over time as well. Once this happens, you’ll want to call your window repair expert as soon as possible. Loose frames often mean your home is more vulnerable to pests, drafts, leaks, and other risk factors. Your window repair expert will be able to repair the frame so the glass sits properly in it.
Keep in mind that this repair is one that you shouldn’t try on your own. If you make a mistake when repairing the damage, you risk making your home more vulnerable to water damage and pest infestations.
Install New Windows
Though windows should last for decades, they will eventually need to be replaced. If more than one pane of glass is loose in the frame, it’s likely that your windows are getting old and are nearing the end of their useful lifespan. If you can’t remember the last time your windows were replaced or know that they’re more than 20 years old, schedule a consultation with your window replacement expert. They’ll be able to assess the condition of your windows and install new ones to keep your home safe and comfortable.
Leave the Glass Repair to the Pros
If you’ve noticed loose glass in your windows or just want a professional to inspect the windows on your property, don’t wait. Schedule a consultation with Reflection Windows and Doors today. Our experienced team can help with everything from cleaning your windows to replacing old and damaged glass with new, energy-efficient panes. Contact us today to discuss your home’s needs and let our team help you keep your home comfortable year-round.