Damaged windows pose several problems for any home or commercial building.
Firstly, the building may not be safe or secure, if the type of damage would allow an intruder to gain access or cause harm to those already inside. The visual appeal of a damaged window may also be poor. In addition, damaged windows are unlikely to be thermally efficient either. Depending on the nature of the damage, an easy repair may be possible. That said, when a material has been compromised beyond a certain point, replacement of that component or even of the full window may be in order.
As leading manufacturers and installers of aluminium windows here at ABS, here is our advice on repairing damaged windows.
Perform A Visual Inspection
First of all, you need to know the extent of the problem, which may be more or less severe than at first glance.
The main things to look out for include:
- The integrity of the window frames
- The condition of the window glass
- The seal around the windows and frames
- Any paintwork or powder coating
- Any locking mechanisms
- Any air vents (where applicable)
Take the time to open windows, inspecting them from the inside and outside of the building. Depending on the material and pane density (i.e. single, double or triple glazing), the process will look slightly different. For instance, uPVC windows may have scratches, whereas timber windows may have wood rot. So be sure to look out for problems specific to that window type.
Damaged Window Glass
Window glass may be scratched, cracked or broken.
Cracked glass can receive a temporary repair by using weatherproof plastic sheeting. Alternatively, it’s possible to purchase DIY window glass repair kits. If you do go down this route, monitor the window over time to ensure the crack doesn’t return or worsen as a window replacement may be necessary if so.
Broken window glass can be repaired without having to replace the entire window, especially if the frame is otherwise in excellent condition. This would involve removing the window glass only and installing new glass in its place. Wooden boards can be used temporarily to secure a building where a window has been smashed.
Damaged Window Frames
Repairing a damaged window frame will also depend on what the frame material consists of, i.e. timber, uPVC or aluminium. Plus, what type of damage has occurred to the frame? This can range from an intruder who has tried to force the frame open (thus lifting it away from the wall) to rot or corrosion in the frame. We recommend consulting the manufacturer of your windows for specific guidance, as every frame material differs.
ABS is a manufacturer and installer of aluminium windows, so do be sure to contact us if you have any queries about damaged aluminium windows specifically.
Read more: 5 Signs Your Windows Need Replacing
Replacing Aluminium Windows
Sometimes, a window will be too damaged or has come to the end of its life and is in need of a replacement. Replacing windows with aluminium frames will provide you and your building will al the benefits but also create a fresh, stylish new look.
Be Mindful Of Windows On Listed Buildings
Finally, if you happen to live in a listed building then you should seek advice from Heritage England before attempting a window repair or replacement. That’s because any repairs will need to be sensitive to the historical characteristics of the building.
There’s no reason why a window replacement is completely off the cards, but by doing things in the approved way, potential legal issues can be avoided.
ABS – Leading Aluminium Window & Door Installers UK
Are your windows past the point of repair? Brand new aluminium windows from ABS could be just the ticket.
Boasting excellent performance, not to mention improved aesthetics for your home or commercial building, we can custom make your aluminium windows in a range of shapes, sizes and colours.
ABS is based in Nottinghamshire, and we operate across the UK and Ireland in aluminium window manufacturing.
Please get in touch either by dropping us an email or giving us a call on 01623 721 172 for further help or information.