Rattling Windows: Why They Happen and How to Fix Them

Your windows play a vital role in maintaining your Knoxville home’s beauty, comfort and energy efficiency. As such, it is always important that they are in tip-top shape. Checking them might be in order, especially this summer. After all, exposure to extreme weather and age might have left them in bad condition, compromising your home’s look and feel. Inspect and identify any potential issues. In doing so, you can promptly fix them or turn to reliable window professionals and get the necessary solutions.

Renewal by Andersen® of Knoxville, your local window contractor, discusses rattling, one of the most common window problems you need to watch out for.

Loud and Annoying Problem

Rattling in windows occurs whenever there is a strong wind or a rumbling sound from a truck moving past your home. Not only is it loud and annoying, but it usually indicates that the windows’ overall performance is severely compromised. In other words, something is wrong and this problem must be corrected once and for all.

Rattling is caused by either one of two things—a loose frame or a loose glass. In both cases, the warm air outside can leak into your home, leading to an increase in your air conditioning usage just so you can keep yourself comfortable this summer.

Causes of Rattling Windows and Their Solutions

Read on as your local window company shares some important tips to stop them from rattling and keep you from being awake at night.

  • Caulking Loose Glass

Once you identify that the window problem is because of the glass, be sure to apply caulk to secure it and make it airtight. Apply the caulk on the cracks between the sash and the glass using a putty knife or the edge of a plastic card. Cracks must be completely filled with caulk. Wipe away smears of caulk on the glass surface using a rag soaked in vinegar.

  • Fixing the Loose Sash

Weather exposure may cause the frames of wood windows to warp or wither, leading to the sash no longer fitting properly within the track. This results in the units rattling in the wind. Consider applying weatherstripping to fix this problem on your double hung windows.

  • Applying Weatherstripping

It is the right solution for rattling windows. Through this procedure, your windows become more secure and airtight. Take note, however, that there are various kinds of weatherstripping, including metal, rubber, plastic, felt and foam. Ask a professional about which of these materials is the best for your needs. Weatherstripping can either be nailed in place or has an adhesive that can be stuck on like tape.

  • Dealing With Rot

Window maintenance is of utmost importance to reduce the risk of rattling. Wood windows, if left neglected, can deteriorate due to moisture damage. Rainwater may soften the wood components of the window units, leading to rot. Rattling may occur once the sash no longer fits properly within the frame, resulting in gaps that bring outside air in and compromise comfort and energy efficiency. Repairing any damage prior to repainting the exterior must be done.

  • Making Adjustments to the Mortise Plate

The mortise plate is a component that helps secure your window while it is closed. Excessive rattling may happen once they become loose or damaged. Try removing it and refitting it again to the frame to prevent this problem. Otherwise, consider replacing it.

Window Replacement – An Alternative Solution

There are times, however, when such fixes and repairs are not enough to correct rattling or any kind of window damage. Once your windows show signs of extensive wear and tear, a window replacement by trusted window professionals would be a better and long-lasting solution. This home improvement project doesn’t just keep your home dry and free from damage, but it also boosts your home’s energy efficiency and curb appeal.

With new window units, you get to keep water and moisture out. Thanks to their durable seals, no energy can escape your home. On top of that, today’s replacement windows come in an array of materials, styles and customization options to help you make the most of your investment.

What to Look for in Replacement Windows

In selecting your replacement windows, it is important that you keep in mind their build, quality and energy efficiency in mind. First, consider the window’s primary material. With so many of them available, it pays to weigh each option’s pros and cons before settling on the right choice.

For instance, vinyl may require little maintenance but are prone to expand and contract when exposed to temperature changes. Wood, despite its great insulating value, tends to rot because of moisture. Composite, meanwhile, delivers some of the better features of vinyl and wood, including better strength and weathertightness.

Another thing you need to look for is the window glass. Never overlook this component because it is responsible for ensuring comfort and energy efficiency in your home. Make sure to choose your replacement units with low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings. This treatment helps reduce heat transfer, resulting in more thermally comfortable spaces. Not only that, but it allows natural light in while protecting your home’s interior from UV rays that cause your furniture to fade.

Hire a Trusted Window Company

To reap the benefits of having new windows installed, you need to hire the right contractor for the job. In this instance, consider tapping the expertise of the window replacement pros of Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville. As a full-service window company in the local area, we provide design, planning, manufacturing, installation and even customer care. That’s one-company accountability, which means we’re with you every step of the way.

Replace your rattling windows with new ones through us. We have a wide range of window style choices, from casement windows to sliding windows. Call us at 866-609-5033 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation. We serve Knoxville, TN, and surrounding locations across Tennessee.
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