MR. HANDYMAN OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA - ARLINGTON TO HAYMARKET specializes in repairing, maintaning and enhancing residential and commercial properties. one of the services we routinely provide is window repair.
Well maintained windows can preserve the energy efficiency in your home as well as create curb appeal on the outside or light effect on the inside of your home. Although there are a large variety of windows, there are a few routine maintenance activities that can be performed to allow your windows to function properly for years to come. Typical routine maintenance for windows include caulking, trim repair, painting, and sash repair.
Caulking is the silicone substance used on the exterior of the windows to seal the area where the window meets the house. Over time the caulk around the windows can dry out and crack due to exposure to the elements such as wind, rain, sunlight, cold temperatures or extreme heat. Depending on the exposure to these elements, the windows should be re-caulked every couple of years.
Although builders and contractors are starting to use composite materials around windows, there are still a lot of windows that are trimmed with wood. Over time, wood will tend to rot or crack. If the damage is too extensive, the wood trim will need to be replaced, painted, and caulked. It can also be replaced with composite materials, which will prolong the life of the trim.
Painting is another routine maintenance item that Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia – Arlington to Haymarket can perform. As the paint on the window trim ages, it can fade, become brittle, or flake off. Sanding and scraping the loose paint prior to applying new paint will ensure the paint will adhere properly. Caulking the seams of the trim is also done at this time.
Rather than replacing a window, often times it can be repaired. When a window does not open properly or once opened does not stay open, this is an indication of one of the mechanisms inside the window malfunctioning. The common items that Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia – Arlington to Haymarket replace frequently are the window shoes, the window latches, the tilt mechanisms and the balances.