The glass in a window pane can become dislodged over time. This is often just a result of daily usage and not necessarily a result of faulty construction. Usually, it is caused because the caulk around the pane deteriorates. It can also be caused by a window being slammed too hard and too often. This article will explain how to repair loose window panes.
Remove the Old Caulk
The first thing you need to do is remove all the old caulk. Try to dig it out of the gaps between the window pane and frame. This will require the use a putty or utility knife. You might need to cut the caulk away with the blade, but in some cases the caulk will pull right out with your fingers. On one part of the frame the caulk might still be adhered to the pane, while in other places it might be completely gone. Regardless, you need to get as much out as possible. Any caulk still on the pane will prevent the new caulk from creating a strong seal. You should then clean the glass and the window frame. You need a dust-free surface for the new caulk to stick to.
Re-caulking the Pane
It is very important to properly caulk the pane if you do not want the same thing to happen. Use a waterproof caulk and make sure that it is either clear or the same color as the frame. To create clean and straight caulk lines you can tape off the pane and frame. You do not want the line to be so thick that it stands out, but you also don't want it to be so thin that it does not hold the pane in place.
When squeezing the caulk (with a caulk gun) make sure it gets into the groove for the window pane. The caulk will act as an adhesive and it will hold the frame in place. Then, smooth out the visible section of the caulk lines with your finger. Rub you finger along the caulk line so the caulk is pushed down into the groove and there is no possibility of empty cavities.
This simple repair can have huge benefits for your home. It can instantly increase the efficiency of the window. When a window has a loose pane, you can often feel cold or warm air coming into your home, even when the frame is shut. This is obviously wasteful, especially if you are running your heating or air conditioner. This simple project could end up helping you turn down your thermostat a bit and save some money in the process.
For more information on glass installation, contact a company like Custom Glass Mirror Image LLC.