The Carolinas are unique in that they have a variety of climates within a relatively small area. From the balmy, coastal temperatures of Charleston, SC to the cold mountain winters of Asheville, NC, our clients deal with a variety of different weather patterns. If you happen to live in one of the colder parts of our service area, this article will definitely apply to you!
Having a broken window is annoying any time of year, but it’s especially frustrating when it’s cold outside! Even a small crack in a windowpane can let lots of cold air into your home, causing your furnace to work overtime and making your family uncomfortable. The rest of this guide will help you understand the steps you should take if you ever find yourself dealing with a broken window during the winter months.
Take a Look at the Damage
The very first thing you need to do is look at the window in question and determine how seriously it is damaged. A hairline crack in the glass, for example, is not nearly as challenging to repair as a rotten window frame that has created a large gap in your wall. Even if you are tempted to repair the problem yourself, it’s best to contact a professional contractor. Wintertime home renovations can be challenging enough without risking improperly installing a window by accident.
Think About Your Home
Some window repairs and replacements are tougher than others. This primarily has to do with what materials have been used on the exterior of a given house. If, for example, your home is covered with brick or stucco, it will be more difficult to do a full window replacement than it would be if your house had any kind of siding, including wood, vinyl, or fiber cement. This is because siding is easier to remove and put back on than other materials. Your contractor will be able to help you understand more about the steps that will need to be taken to replace a whole window or a windowpane at your residence.
Implement Interim Measures
The odds are good that you’ll have to wait at least a few days before your contractor can come fix or replace your broken window. In the meantime, you should take some steps to minimize the negative effect of the window on your home. One good idea is to hang insulated curtains over the broken window. This will help trap some of the cold air that is trying to enter your house and keep as much warm air in as possible. These curtains can be purchased at most home decor stores if you don’t already own any.
You should also cover any cracks in the glass with duct tape as best you can. This will prevent anyone from getting cut if they are touching the pane for any reason. If you have small children in your home, it’s a good idea to barricade the area with a baby gate or a sizeable piece of furniture until the new window is installed.
If you’re dealing with an emergency situation like this, the Hatch Homes team urges you to contact us right away. We will work with you to get the necessary repairs done correctly and in a timely fashion. We look forward to hearing from you soon.