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What to Do about Warped Windows

Over time, the windows in our homes can become warped. As a result of this warping, your window frame will get damaged. Unfortunately, warping can be common on wooden-framed windows that get on in their years. Warping is caused when exposed wood absorbs and is then swollen by water. The result is a noticeable warping effect.

The issue with warped windows is that simply replacing the window itself won’t solve the problem. This is because your new window won’t be able to move within the frame – such as opening it. Other times, the window itself can’t even be replaced due to the warped frame, meaning you’ll have to install a whole new window and frame.

So what can be done about warped windows?

The first answer is the only valuable and reliable solution: Call a window company! Places like Clera have professionals that can come and fully assess your window situation. A window expert is the only person who can be trusted to fix your warped window situation.

However if you’re looking for a DIY solution, try fixing a warped casement window with these following steps. Before you start, you’ll need to have the follow tools and equipment on hand: a utility knife, a pencil, adhesive-backed weather stripping, and, of course, a screwdriver.

  1. Unlock and look at the window, loosening the hinge screws to see if it works smoothly.
  2. Change the hinges’ position to improve the smoothness of the window, and retighten the screws.
  3. With the window locked, look at the seal around the sash perimeter, marking the start and end points of the gaps on the window jamb.
  4. Unlock and open. Then, use weather stripping to the jamb at the points where you marked the gap. Make sure the stripping’s front side is facing the home’s exterior. Cut weather stripping and use a utility knife to close the gap, then shut the window.
  5. Make sure the window is locked. Check out the seals to ensure the seals and the weather stripping you installed are being gently compressed by the window.
  6. Unlock the window. Now, if the seals and weather stripping aren’t gently compressed, loosen the lock catch screws. Then, move the catch towards your home’s interior just a bit, and then once again tighten the screws.
  7. Lock your window. To make sure the repairs you’ve made take hold – and correct the warping – you’ll have to keep the window locked for several weeks.

If these steps can’t undo the damage from the warping, you’ll have to consider getting a new window and window frame.

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