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6 Warning Signs You Need Window Repairs, Plus Tips

Your windows are one of the most beautiful features in your home, adding natural light, beautiful views, and they allow fresh air to permeate throughout your home. Also, did you know your windows contribute to your home's heating and cooling? This means they're key for mitigating your energy bill and lowering your ecological footprint.

It almost goes without saying, but when your windows have seen better days they seriously detract from your home's appearance and could negatively impact your energy bill. Also, depending on the type of damage, if they can't open they could be a fire hazard, your loved ones might not be able to open the window and escape.

If you're like other Wichita homeowners, when you spot signs of damage to your windows you might think your only option is to replace them. But, this is not the case! For most issues, a skillful handyman or carpenter should be able to complete a repair.

At Mr. Handyman of Wichita Metro Area, our team of skillful technicians are ready and willing to help you out. We offer a range of home repair and maintenance services, including window pane replacement, window repair and installation of all new window units. Usually, the main reasons why you should consider installing a completely new window unit is to replace a single pane unit with an energy efficient double pane unit. However, there are times when the deterioration or damage to the window unit is so extensive that replacement of the entire

unit is more cost effective for you. Our team can help you make the decision, do I repair the frame, do I replace just the broken piece of glass, or should I replace the entire unit? Call us, we will help you decide!

Aside from that, you can save yourself time and money by investing in repair services. Our team of experts can complete the following fixes.

6 Signs You Need Window Repair Services

There are usually two primary regions where you should look for damage. Check out the pane first. Is it cracked, or has a hole in it? If it is a double pane glass, is there fog between the panes? Perhaps the glass is no longer aligned with its frame? If the glass is damaged, it will likely need to be replaced.

The second region is all the areas surrounding the panes. This includes the sash, jamb, siding and drip caps. This is what our article will be focusing on today.

1. Water Damage

No Wichita homeowner wants to deal with water damage. Even spotting a small brown stain on your wall or ceiling is enough to cause alarm—and for good reason. Water damage can seriously wreak havoc on your house's structure causing wood to rot and drywall to mold. And often, the first point of contact for moisture to get into your home is through the window. Like an unwelcome burglar, water will creep into cracks, missing molding and already rotting frames and sills.

2. Rotted Frames

One of the most worrisome side effects of water damage is a rotting frame. Typically, heavy rains and humidity will seep into the wood over time. Even treated and weather proofed wood can rot if exposed to enough prolonged periods of moisture. Keep an eye out for wood rot, not just along your windows, but throughout your home. Signs include:

  • Crumbling wood that breaks into cube-like pieces

  • Discoloration

  • Softwood (e.g. it punctures when you press a screwdriver against it)

3. Rotting Drip Cap

Another high-risk area for wood rot is the drip cap. Located on top of the frame, the drip cap acts like a tiny awning and stops moisture from seeping into your house. Not all drip caps are made out of wood. Many are made out of vinyl or aluminum. However, they can still get damaged or go missing—say in a storm. It's important to ensure your drip cap is in good condition. They might be small, but they protect your home from damage.

4. Chipped and/or Peeling Paint

You might think peeling and chipped paint is simply a cosmetic issue. And while to a degree it is—it certainly detracts from your curb appeal and makes your home look dilapidated—it also increases the risk of wood rot. Paint helps to repel water, subsequently protecting the wood beneath.

5. Worn Caulking

Drafty windows? Perhaps your caulking has worn out. Caulking seals gaps, usually where one part of your home meets another. For instance, caulk on your windows seals where the pane meets the frame. In bathrooms, caulk is typically used to seal where your tub meets the wall. This thin strip of material prevents drafts, bugs and humidity from sneaking into your home.

6. Difficulty Opening and Closing Windows

Inoperable windows may not seem like a big deal, especially if you're not fond of having them open to begin with. But it's actually quite a serious problem because sticking windows are a fire hazard. Windows that don't open or close are usually caused by the following problems:

  • Rusty latches and hinges

  • Twisted window frames (sash can’t work properly)

  • Too much paint on a sash (causing it to stick)

  • The sash is misaligned with the track

Hire Our Repair & Installation Pros Today!

Whether your frame is rotten, your frame is stuck or you've noticed the drip cap is missing, it's time for window repair services from the pros at Mr. Handyman of Wichita Metro Area. As you’d expect, our service professionals are highly trained and hard-working. Besides that, each of our technicians have more than 10 years' experience working in the trades. We'll be able to provide expert advice while letting you know if we think a repair or installation service is the best solution for your damaged windows. We'll be transparent throughout the entire process, and always treat you and your home with courtesy and respect.

To book an appointment, or to learn more about our complete range of services, we invite you to give our friendly customer service representatives a call at 316-285-1217. You can also schedule an appointment online by filling out our service request form.