Rattling windows aren’t just annoying–they’re a sign that your window needs repair or replacement. You should never ignore this sound, especially if your windows are old and have wooden frames.
In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Cincinnati — a trusted provider of casement windows — discusses some of the most common causes of rattling windows.
A sash may become loose due to extreme weather conditions or normal wear. When this happens, the sash won’t fit properly in the track, which produces the rattling sound you hear from the window. While a loose sash can be fixed in some cases, it’s best to have a professional look into the overall condition of your window. Repairing an old window that’s approaching the end of its lifespan might not be a practical or cost-effective solution to the problem. In this case, window replacement may make more sense.
Loose glass can also cause the rattling you hear. It can be fixed through the application of caulk on all cracks and edges. This will eliminate any gaps that may have formed in your window, ensuring that the window remains airtight.
Window installation experts usually recommend weatherstripping to solve window rattling. This can help secure the windows and keep them airtight, preventing them to rattle especially during high winds. Weatherstripping can also prevent warm air from leaking outside. Furthermore, it is a very simple solution that won’t take much time, money or effort.
The main function of this component is to keep your window closed. When it becomes loose or damaged, your window won’t close properly. So, apart from the rattling sound that this problem creates, you should also be concerned about its effect on your home’s security. To fix this issue, you can remove and then refit the plate to ensure that it is properly in place. If that doesn’t do the trick, you might want to consider replacing the entire window. Again, have a professional check the condition of your window so that you’ll know the best action to take.
It is important to note that rattling can also be due to neglect or lack of maintenance. Wooden windows are especially high maintenance. Without proper care, the outside of these windows can easily deteriorate and flake. This usually becomes worse with rain water, which can rot the wood and cause it to soften or change shape. Naturally, damaged timber can cause the window to rattle since it no longer properly fits in the frame. Rotten wood can still be fixed, or you can opt for partial replacement. However, for severe cases, it might be more practical to replace the window completely.
You can DIY many of the solutions to a rattling window. But without the input of a window expert, you might miss something. That is why it is always helpful to consult with professionals and have them inspect your window. Don’t forget to look into their qualifications and ensure that you are working with a trustworthy and reliable contractor.
From double hung windows to specialty windows, you can count on Renewal by Andersen of Cincinnati to provide quality products and services. We have several years of industry experience, so you can have peace of mind that your windows will last a long time. Call us at (513) 283-8981 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve customers in Cincinnati and West Chester, OH.