How to Repair Clad Windows

October 11, 2010

Vinyl and aluminum clad windows are designed for low maintenance, but over time portions of the windows may need to be fixed. Here's a look at some common issues and how to repair clad windows.

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  • One concern with windows is how they operate over time. If your clad windows won't open and close properly, check the sash channel for debris that might be blocking the track. Vacuum or wipe the tracks with a damp cloth.
  • Windows that are made of wood on the interior can sometimes swell with changes in heat and humidity. In this case, it may be necessary to remove the sash and plain down the section in question to make it thinner.
  • If your clad windows are painted shut on the inside, the solution is to break the seal with a utility knife or chisel. Start in one corner and work around the window until you've loosened enough paint so the window opens. Be careful not to damage the window or throw your hand or elbow into the glass as you attempt to chisel your way around.
  • When dealing with broken glass, you need to remove all the glass from the clad windows and replace it. Survey the area to determine how much glass in on the floor, window sill, etc. Use heavy gloves and remove the large glass pieces to pick up all the glass from the from the floor and window sill and wrap it in old newspaper for disposal. Sweep up smaller glass fragments or use a vacuum to get the tiny pieces. Next, call a glass company to come out and replace the glass.

Don't get overwhelmed wondering how to repair clad windows. Look at the specific issue and work toward the solution.

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