Vinyl Window Repair
Vinyl window repair can save you money and time with quick fixes that really work. There are even vinyl window repair kits. Although, it might be best to have a qualified expert window installer or dealer provide a quote for vinyl replacement windows, or to provide a quote on the cost to provide you with vinyl window repair. Sometimes energy savings can be realized through newer technology employed on more recent products. To compare the relative efficiency of a vinyl window, check out their Energy Star rating.
If you would first like to evaluate your own vinyl repair options prior to contacting a professional window installer or dealer who handles repair, then here are some tips. There are vinyl window repair kits available to help you fill in scratches, gashes, or cracks in the vinyl. Basically, they are liquid PVC.
If your sash falls, rather than staying up when opened, you may need a new balance when installing basement windows. It is then necessary to remove the sashes, by pulling open the little clips that sit above the sashes, in the jamb and then jimmying the sash out of its channel. Once you have carefully removed it, look where the clip is located, because it often holds the balance in place. Some balances are small, some long, some spiral. Once you have removed it, the size is stamped on it so you will know what kind to buy in its place.
Vinyl Window Repair of Broken Glass
It can be more affordable and more efficient instead to opt for replacing broken glass, or glass with condensation instead of the whole vinyl window. This involves removing the sash, and breaking out the remainder of glass from the frame. To replace glass, it is important to get the exact dimensions of the glass pane you are going to install. While you can measure the pane, it might be easier to have a glass dealer come over and measure it for you, to ensure greatest accuracy. Otherwise. measure 1/8" less than the actual window opening, so the glass can expand and contract and install easily.
For sashes that do not tilt, you will need pull on the clips above the lower sash. Then, pull up and remove the sash from the jamb. For tilt sashes, tilt and grasp the locks/latches at the bottom of the sash, and it will release the sash.
Be careful when removing a sash where the glass has not fully broken out of place, because you do not want to get hurt. Covering the glass with a sheet, and breaking the glass out with a mallet is one way. If your glass is held in place with caulk, then you may have to scrape the caulk out to ensure a smooth surface in which to lay the replacement glass.
Next be sure to remove the screws that are holding the glass in place in the frame. If your glass sits in a rubber gasket, simply remove it, remove any remaining glass, and replace with the new glass, and replace the rubber gasket around the glass, and put the frame back in place around it. For glass held in with caulk, relief comes into view when you are ready to lay down a new bead of caulk, in which you press the glass. Metal clips will keep the glass in place. It might still be less expensive to get a new window quote rather than repair panes in your vinyl sashes.
New May be More Efficient, Less Costly Than Repairing the Old
Though, you may want to try any of these vinyl window repair fixes at home, there may be better deals waiting for you in the way of replacement sashes, for instance. While vinyl window repair may be rewarding both to your bank account and esteem, it can be equally draining if you bight off more than you can chew. In the case you are in over your head with a repair, it is never too late to shop for an expert installer who fits your budget.
Free quotes abound, and just a few minutes of time might save you from the elements. Look for certified installers who can complete your job within your budget, on your basic time line and who can perhaps even offer up advice on the rest of the sashes in your home. Maybe they can even get you out of your repair jamb, while saving you time and money.
Vinyl window repair can be inexpensive and fairly simple. Repair is great for many, but not everyone likes the prospect of fixing things. Of course, always check to make sure you no longer are covered under a warranty. Given newer technology and energy efficiencies, it may make sense to just replace rather than opt for vinyl window repair.
Author: Joseph Gringeri