Window Repair vs. Replacement Saves You Thousands of Dollars
Foggy, drafty, and difficult to open windows don't always need to be replaced. Windows with damaged trim, sill, or sashes can be repaired by experts instead and possibly save you thousands in the process. Don't call a window replacement contractor that's going to try selling you $20,000 to $40,000 in replacement windows. Kimberly Painting offers a far less expensive and intrusive solution with our window repair services.
An inspection of your siding, fascia, soffits, and windows is included as part of your house painting project. We'll make recommendations if repairs are needed and provide first-class carpentry services.
The Parts of a Window
1) Window Trim Repair
Window trim (also called casing) extends beyond the end of the window frame so that the window fits flush with the exterior wall.
Trim serves a decorative purpose. But its most important function is to cover gaps and spaces to keep out water and moisture, protect interior walls, and prevent pest invasions.
Window trim takes a beating from the sun, rain, hail, and humidity.
You may not notice the damage or feel an urgency to maintain window trim just for appearance's sake. Window trim repair involves removing and replacing damaged pieces.
2) Window Sill Repair
The sill is the piece of trim across the bottom of the window frame. It is usually on both the inside and outside of your home.
A window sill's primary goals are to keep water out and improve energy-efficiency. They are usually sloped on the exterior to allow water to run off the window in rain or during cleaning.
It's a big project, costing hundreds of dollars, to replace a window sill as it affects the drywall and paint on interior walls.
In most cases, window sill damage is minor enough to fix. Our experienced carpenters repair window sills for a fraction of the cost of replacement.
3) Window Sash Repair
The upper and lower sash serve as the movable parts of the window.
The sash is the framework that holds the glass in place. It is not a piece of trim you can easily pull on or off.
So, if a window sash is loose, stuck, or suffers other damage, you might think you'll have to replace the entire window.
Save your money! Kimberly Painting repair window sashes including fixed, double, and picture windows.
How to Maintain Your Windows After Window Repair
Windows are vulnerable to the environment on both the inside and outside of your home. Here are six tips to help extend their life and appearance.
- Clean trim, sills, and sashes often with a damp cloth - no cleaning products needed. For tougher jobs, use warm soapy water (never abrasive detergents) and dry with an absorbent towel to remove excess moisture.
- Vacuum window tracks and rollers. Wash with warm soapy water, dry thoroughly, and lubricate for smooth operation.
- Use WD 40 or an equivalent lubricant on window hardware components.
- Check screws, hinges, handles, and locks. Tighten or repair as appropriate.
- Every few months, inspection your windows for gaps around the window casing and sill. Be sure your windows aren't leaking air or allowing moisture through. Seal as needed.
- Repair damage immediately, especially wood rot, to prevent the problem from growing beyond what window repair can provide.
Contact us for a free inspection and written house painting quote that includes window repair as needed.