There are different situations in which you need to repair a window. Most often this is either wear and tear of old window structures, or malfunctions resulting from mechanical damage (usually due to careless handling). Sometimes problems appear due to improper installation of wooden windows, which was performed by unskilled craftsmen. List of cases when troubleshooting is required:
• the structure began to leak a draft;
• the window does not close tightly;
• fittings have broken;
• glass broke due to inaccuracy or emergency;
• paint has peeled off;
Deformation of the frame
In case of deformation of the frame, it is better to immediately carry out comprehensive maintenance of the window, for this it is necessary:
1. Remove the frame from the hinges.
2. Remove the glass.
3. Remove damaged areas and putty the surface.
4. Install the glass unit back by changing the seal.
5. Replace old fasteners.
6. Place the frame in place and level it.
Over the years of operation, all fasteners and hinges have rusted, so the fittings must be completely changed. After that, it remains to cover up visible defects and paint the frame.
If you just need to paint the frame, removing the old coating, then you can use special chemical compositions, with the help you can quickly get rid of the obsolete layer.
The paint is also removed mechanically, but you will have to spend a lot of time to get rid of the old layer. After painting and redecorating, the old wooden window will last for many years.
How to get rid of the fungus?
One of the most common reasons why wooden windows lose their attractiveness is the formation of fungus. Such a neighborhood is dangerous to health, so it is urgent to get rid of the infected area, but in this case, you don`t need to replace window. The steps you should do:
1. Cut off the area infected with the fungus.
2. Treat the surface with an antiseptic.
3. Dry the surface.
4. Putty the damaged area.
5. Paint the frame.
For work, you will need a tool, sandpaper, and brushes for painting.
How to do the glass replace?
Ordinary window glass is quite fragile and easy to break. It is good that glass in old wooden windows can be easily replaced with new ones. This does not require special skills, it is enough to carefully and efficiently do the work, following the instructions.
- Glass usually does not break completely, and fragments of various sizes remain around the perimeter. They can be immediately knocked out and removed from the grooves, using, for example, pliers (so as not to injure your hands).
- After that, it is necessary to separate the glazing beads from the window frame, which holds the glass in the frame along the perimeter. To separate the glazing beads from the frame, pry them with a knife or spatula and pull. They are usually easy to remove.
- Under the glazing beads, you may find a layer of silicone, window putty, or other similar material that serves as a sealant. This layer is easily trimmed with a sharp knife. In this case, it is more convenient to use a knife with a narrow blade.
- When the sealant layer has been cut off, the glass remains are carefully removed from the frame. Now the new glass can be inserted into place.
- Do not cut a sheet of glass for window replacement yourself if you do not have the skills to do this. It is better to find the nearest workshop in which a master glazier will cut the glass safely and efficiently in just a couple of minutes. It is not expensive, as the work is not too difficult.
- To avoid problems, you need to carefully measure the window frame. The glass should be trimmed so that it is slightly smaller than the frame. It is enough to make it smaller by a few millimeters in height and width. This is important as wooden frames tend to vary slightly depending on indoor and outdoor humidity.
- Inserting glass into a wooden window is not more difficult than removing it. Everything is done in reverse order. First, they put glass, then they cover it with silicone around the perimeter, and at the very end, they press it with glazing beads.
As a result, the glass can be replaced independently in half an hour. Of course, this does not include ordering, cutting, and delivery of glass.
How to improve the sound insulation of windows?
- Sealing of the clamping of the window sash to the frame. If necessary, adjust the window so that a piece of paper cannot fit freely between the closed sash and the frame.
- Additional sealing loop. It is possible to strengthen the sound insulation of windows using a third sealing circuit on the window sash.
- Glass replacement. Reconstruction of windows – replacement of double-glazed windows will help to reduce the level of street noise. You can choose soundproofing windows that are thicker and laminated.