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5 Solutions to Stop Your Windows from Rattling

by Francesca Coleman Carr

Here at Sash Windows London Ltd, we know how loud and annoying rattling windows can be. A loose pane of glass, a sash windows that doesn’t close properly, or rotting wood can all be causes of rattling windows in severe weather and anytime a truck drives past your house.

Rattling windows aren’t just annoying, they are also an indication that something is wrong and there is an issue that needs to be corrected. Rattling windows are generally caused by one of two things – a loose glass pane, or a loose frame. Below are our top tips to stop your windows rattling and keeping you awake at night. Read on to find out more!

  1. Loose Glass

Loose glass is a common culprit of the rattling window. If the glass is loose, you will need to caulk it up. The Caulk will secure the glass and make it airtight so that no more rattling occurs. Apply the caulk to all cracks and edges of the window by using a putty knife to manoeuvre the caulk into tricky areas. Make sure all cracks are filled to ensure there are no gaps. Soak a rag in vinegar to wipe away any excess of caulk on your window frames or on the glass. And there you have it, an effective way of reducing any rattling!

  1. Loose Sash

As your windows age, they can change and become damaged during bad weather. This may cause the sash window to fit properly in its track, causing the window to rattle in the wind.

  1. Weather-stripping

Weather-stripping is an appropriate solution for rattling windows as it will secure your windows and make them airtight. When your windows are secure and holding well, they won’t rattle during high winds and won’t leak any warm air from your home. Weather-stripping is an effective way to reduce window rattling.

  1. Repairing Rotten Parts

To reduce the risk of rattling, window repairs and maintenance are extremely important. Wooden windows are often neglected, particularly on the outside and they can often deteriorate and flake due to lack of care. Rain water can rot the wood and cause the timber to soften, change shape and rot. Damaged timber often causes windows to rattle as it no longer fits properly in the frame, causing gaps to present themselves and the wind to whip in and out, keeping you awake and make you cold! We would recommend replacing all rotten wood and repairing any damage before repainting with a suitable exterior paint.

  1. Adjusting a Mortise-Plate

Mortise-plates are catches that help to secure your window closed. If these become loose or damaged, it can prevent your window from closing securely and causing your window to rattle excessively as a result. Remove the mortise-plate and refit it properly to avoid this problem.

 

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Francesca is the Managing Director of Sash Windows London Ltd, a family-owned and professionally managed window company providing a full range of sash window products throughout the UK. Passionate about providing high-quality, friendly, and reliable services. You can read Francesca’s full bio here.

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