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How to Address Cracks & Chips in Your Windows | Golden Windows

Windows are an essential part of any building. They provide natural light, ventilation, and a view to the outside world. Over time, they can develop cracks and chips, compromising their functionality and aesthetics. It’s a good idea to remediate these issues promptly before the chips grow larger.

Read this guide to learn more about:

  • Why windows get cracks and chips
  • The importance of fixing cracks and chips soon
  • Ways to manage minor window damage
  • When to replace windows

The Importance of Addressing Window Cracks and Chips

Addressing window cracks and chips is not merely a matter of aesthetics; it is also a matter of safety and energy efficiency. Cracks can compromise the structural integrity of the window, making it more susceptible to shattering and posing a risk of injury.

Additionally, gaps or chips in the window can allow drafts, moisture, and even pests to enter the building, leading to potential damage and increased energy consumption. Moreover, neglected window cracks and chips can worsen over time, making them more challenging and costlier to repair.

One common cause is extreme temperature changes. When windows are exposed to drastic temperature variations, the materials expand and contract, leading to stress on the glass. This stress can eventually result in cracks.

Another cause is impact from flying debris. Strong winds from storms, or nearby construction projects can generate debris that may collide with your windows, causing chips or cracks. Additionally, mishandling windows during cleaning or maintenance can also lead to chips.

Assessing the Severity of the Problem

Superficial cracks or small chips that do not extend through the entire pane can often be repaired. However, if the crack is deep or the chip is significant, it may be necessary to replace the entire windowpane or even the entire window unit.

To assess the severity of cracks, carefully examine the glass for any signs of propagation, such as widening or lengthening. Use a ruler or measuring tape to measure the size of the crack or chip. If the crack is longer than six inches or the chip is larger than a quarter, you may need professional help.

Understanding Window Warranties and Coverage

Check your window warranty before you try to repair your windows. Your manufacturer may still cover your windows. In fact, attempting to repair windows that are under warranty may void your warranty.

Some warranties may require professional installation or regular maintenance to remain valid. It is advisable to keep all documentation, receipts, and records related to the purchase and installation of your windows to facilitate any future warranty claims.

At Golden Windows, we take great pride in our products; we ensure that each and every one of our products exceeds your expectations and we guarantee that they will continue to do so.

We stand behind our products, support our customers, and deliver on our performance guarantee by providing you with our exclusive 20-year residential warranty.

Golden Windows’ exclusive 20-year residential warranty includes, but not limited to:

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Exclusions and Limitations

Any GOLDEN WINDOWS LIMITED product that has not been paid for in full by the purchaser of such product in the amount and on the timeline as specified within the order agreement for such product will not be eligible for GOLDEN WINDOWS LIMITED’S warranty.

Any GOLDEN WINDOWS LIMITED product that is installed in a way or a location that cannot be accessed by the Service Department will not be eligible for GOLDEN WINDOWS LIMITED’S warranty.

4 Steps to Safely Handle the Repair Job

1. Clean the Damaged Area

Before attempting any repair, ensure that the damaged area is clean and free from debris. Use a soft cloth or brush to remove any dust or loose particles.

2. Fill with Epoxy Resin

For slightly larger chips or cracks, epoxy resin can be used to fill the damaged area. Mix the epoxy resin according to the manufacturer’s instructions and carefully apply it to the crack or chip, using a small spatula or brush. Smooth the surface of the resin for a nice finish.

3. Allow for Drying and Curing

After applying nail polish or epoxy resin, allow the repair to dry and cure completely as per the product instructions. This may take several hours or even days, depending on the specific product used. Avoid using or disturbing the repaired window during this time.

4. Regularly Monitor the Repair

You should keep an eye on the repaired area for any signs of further damage or propagation. If you notice any changes or worsening of the crack or chip, consult a professional for further assessment and necessary repairs.

*Golden Windows warranty is void if the glass is cracked or broken from any cause or upon the application of after market film applied on the glass. Golden Windows recommends that if a crack or break occurs, call our Service Department to book an appointment to have the insul unit replaced: 1-877-293-7850.

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When to Consider Repairing or Replacing Your Windows

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While minor cracks and chips can often be repaired, sometimes its better to install new windows. Here are some signs that you should upgrade:

  • If the crack extends through the entire pane, or the chip is significant, replacing the entire windowpane or the entire window unit may be necessary. Attempting to repair extensive damage may compromise the structural integrity and overall functionality of the window.
  • When your windows are old and nearing the end of their lifespan, it may be more cost-effective to replace them rather than invest in repairs. Newer windows offer improved energy efficiency, better insulation, and enhanced security features.
  • If the windows are drafty or poorly insulated, replacing them with energy-efficient models can significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs. Look for windows with high energy efficiency ratings, such as those with insulated glass.
  • When the appearance of your windows is a priority, replacing them can provide an opportunity to upgrade to a different style, material, or design that better suits your preferences and the overall aesthetics of your home or office.

New Windows: Factors to Consider

Material

Windows are available in various materials, including wood, vinyl, and aluminum. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages in terms of:

  • Aesthetics
  • Durability
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Energy efficiency.

Style

Windows come in a wide range of styles, such as double-hung, casement, sliding, awning, and picture windows. Each style offers different functionalities, aesthetics, and ventilation options. Choose a style that complements the architectural style of your building and meets your specific requirements.

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Energy Efficiency

Look for energy efficiency windows. Such components will help maintain a comfortable temperature and reduce your energy bills. Modern energy efficient windows can also come with sound proofing.

Installing new windows: Hiring professionals vs. DIY

When it comes to installing new windows, you have the option to hire professionals or embark on a do-it-yourself (DIY) project. You can also find general product installation instructions on our website.

While installing them yourself may seem tempting, mistakes with the installation can result in problems that eventually result in cracks and chips.

We always recommend hiring professionals for window installation to ensure expertise, precision, and efficiency. After all, professionals have the necessary tools and experience to handle the installation process. They will ensure your windows fit and align and are properly sealed. Additionally, professional installation often comes with warranties or guarantees, providing you with peace of mind.

Golden Windows Certified Installation Team

Our Certified Installation Team are experts and masters at their craft. They have many years experience installing windows and doors into houses of all different shapes and styles.

We are confident that you will enjoy the look and function of your new Golden Windows and Doors, and that you have peace of mind in knowing that the products were installed correctly and will continue to perform for many years to come.

Take Care of Your Windows to Prevent Cracks and Chips

Just a friendly reminder that maintaining your windows is key to preventing window cracks and chips. In the colder climate, good upkeep can help protect the longevity of your windows.

Regular Cleaning

Clean your windows regularly to remove dirt, dust, and debris that can cause scratches or abrasions. Use a soft cloth or sponge and a mild, non-abrasive cleaning solution to avoid damaging the glass or frame.

Lubricate Moving Parts

If your windows have moving parts, such as hinges or sliding tracks, lubricate them periodically to ensure smooth operation. Use a silicone-based lubricant or a recommended product from the window manufacturer.

Check Weatherstripping

Inspect any weatherstripping around your windows for signs of damage or wear. Replace any worn or damaged weatherstripping to maintain proper sealing and insulation.

Cut the Greenery

Trim any tree branches or vegetation near your windows to prevent them from brushing against the glass during strong winds or storms. This can help avoid potential impact damage.

Monitor Humidity

Excessive humidity can cause condensation on windows, which can lead to moisture-related issues and potential damage. Keep an eye on it to prevent damage.

Tips to Prevent Window Breakage

As they say, prevention is the best solution. Here are some tips that can help you prevent damage to your windows:

  • When cleaning your windows, avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals that can damage the glass or frame. Use a soft cloth or sponge and a gentle cleaning solution instead.
  • Take precautions to prevent accidental impacts, especially during activities such as moving furniture or handling heavy objects near windows. Place protective coverings or padding on the floor or nearby surfaces to minimize the risk of damage.
  • Ensure that curtains, blinds, or other window coverings are properly secured and do not get caught in the window frame or moving parts. Loose or dangling coverings can cause damage when windows are opened or closed.
  • Consider installing shades that provide insulation and protect against extreme temperatures. This can help reduce stress on the glass and minimize the risk of cracks.
  • Handle your windows with care and avoid slamming or forcefully closing them, as this can lead to chips or cracks. Use the designated handles or knobs to operate the windows properly.

Keeping Your Windows in Optimal Condition

In conclusion, it’s a good idea to keep your windows in peak condition. We suggest that you inspect your windows periodically for any signs of damage. Please also keep your window frames clear of the elements. Window mechanisms can get damaged when debris is inn the way.

Checking for leaks is also a good idea. Drafts or moisture penetration can indicate a problem with the sealing.

If your windows have wooden frames, monitor the condition of the paint or finish. Peeling or cracked paint can expose the wood to moisture and lead to rot or decay. Repaint or refinish the frames as needed to protect them from the elements.

And again, check your warranty before you conduct any repairs. You can get professional help if you’re still covered.

Remember, your windows are not just mere openings; they are essential components of your living space. By handling window cracks and chips effectively, you can maintain the comfort, safety, and energy efficiency of your building.

About Golden Windows

Golden Windows is a reliable source for high quality windows and doors manufactured at our facility in Kitchener, Ontario. We combine a highly skilled, craftsman orientated workforce with the latest technology to produce aluminum, wood and vinyl windows and doors that exceed your need for energy efficiency, natural air flow, easy cleaning, and maintenance. This is done by partnering with our suppliers and quality builders, renovators, and dealers to satisfy your every need.

By believing in a philosophy of continuous improvement, our windows and doors are designed to provide you with trouble-free performance and easy maintenance. We are confident that you will enjoy your Golden Windows for many years to come.

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