5 Quick And Easy Ways on How to Temporarily Fix A Window

Home improvement projects always seem to be on the weekend agenda as a homeowner. Whether you’re new to the neighborhood or have been in your place for years, you likely have a running list somewhere of what needs tending to next.

Whatever your current list looks like, there are a few projects that, when they pop up unexpectedly, push everything else to the next season. Home window repair is one of those projects that could be equally intimidating and frustrating.

Perhaps “replacing windows” was on your home improvement list, but you were hoping to save for at least another year. Maybe you were told the previous owner had new windows installed a few years ago, but now that you’ve really settled in, you’ve noticed a few of the new windows are really drafty and your energy bill is much higher than you were expecting. Or, maybe you’ve had solid windows for some time, but your child accidentally broke a glass pane playing ball in the house again, and your warranty is up.

The frustrating news? Depending on the severity of the problem, you’ll still want to invest in a proper window replacement down the line. The relieving news? There are a variety of ways to temporarily fix your windows until you can find the right window experts for your needs and get a free, in-home estimate.

Here are 5 ways you can temporarily fix your windows, whether they’re leaky, drafty, broken, or cracked:

1. Cover cracks with a tarp and tape

You notice a crack in the glass of one of your windows after a particularly intense hail and ice storm. The glass hasn’t shattered into hundreds of pieces, but the crack is long and obvious. You’ve called up an expert to help replace the entire window, but they can’t get out there for a few days. What can you do in the meantime so that any additional winter weather doesn’t seep through and cause additional damage?

Head to the nearest hardware or home improvement store to pick up some heavy duty tape (duct tape works well due to its resistance to moisture) and either a thick plastic sheet or tarp. For only a few dollars, you can secure the cracked window and provide a temporary barrier to help prevent drafts and moisture from entering your home. While this may not be the most visually appealing temporary fix, you’ll be covered until you can get a full custom window replacement.

2. Create a makeshift plywood barrier

You’ve noticed a crack in the glass of your townhome’s front-facing, ground-level window. There’s a lot of pedestrian traffic in your neighborhood, and you want to make sure your temporary repair keeps your window intact and your home safe. Plywood is another great option when dealing with broken windows.

Simply measure the window opening, cut the piece of plywood to fit the dimensions, and secure the makeshift barrier into place with screws, nails, or an adhesive. While this temporary fix might not add to your home’s curb appeal, it is temporary, and is typically an inexpensive fix. Your window will be protected from the elements and your home will be more secure until you can come up with a more permanent solution.

3. Re-caulk to stop any leaks and prevent damage

You noticed the caulk around your windows is getting pretty bare. In fact, some of your windows have long cracks in their current caulk. You’ve noticed air seeping through on windy days, and you’re concerned that rain could also make its way inside next.

Re-caulking is an easy way to stop any potential long-term water damage from rain, melting snow, or ice, and treat leaky or drafty windows. This temporary fix is cost efficient, but will take up more of your time. You’ll want to remove the old caulk, and check the window frame underneath for mold and rot before adding new layers of this thick white glue. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to allow the caulk to dry before rehanging curtains, shades, or blinds.

This is a great option if you live in a particularly cold region and need help preventing heat from escaping your home.

4. Add weather strips to stop drafts

Once the weather turns chilly, it’s time to consider ways to keep drafty windows at bay. Weather strips are another great option to keep your home at the right temperature.

Found at your local hardware or home improvement store, weather strips are super easy to use and fairly inexpensive. One side of a weather strip is typically sticky and the other has a padded foam or plastic. After locking your windows in place, you’ll want to measure the length and width, cut the strips to the appropriate size, remove the sticker paper, and apply!

Remember this isn’t a permanent fix. You’ll need to replace the strips once the stickiness fades or the seasons change.

5. Pick up a temporary window repair kit for multiple needs

Your cat clawed its way through the window screen, again. Luckily, there are repair kits out there that can help you patch the hole right up so insects and other critters don’t make their way inside on warmer days.

Some repair kits are specific to patching up window screen tears or holes, while others can help you ensure broken glass shards stay held together. Home window repair kits usually come with instructions and tools to help you DIY until quality window replacement experts, like Window Nation, can stop by with a more permanent solution.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to replace or repair windows?
This really depends on the situation and how long there’s been an issue with your windows. If your windows are drafty, dirty, or peeling paint, a quick repair could do the trick. Bigger issues like faulty hardware, leaks, and warped frames will require a replacement. Also keep in mind that unforeseen problems – like mistakes or injuries – could end up costing you more time and money than you budgeted for. This blog post provides a few scenarios to help you decide whether to replace or repair your windows.

When should you repair a window?
You should repair a window as soon as you notice an issue. This will help prevent any further damage to the window and your home. Quickly repairing a window will also ensure you and your family are safe – especially if you’re dealing with broken glass.

What are the best materials to use to cover a broken window?
There are a few options when it comes to covering a broken window: plywood, cardboard, window film, and a tarp. What you choose to use really depends on your personal preference.

How much on average does it cost to self-repair a window?
Depending on the material you decide to use for your repair, the cost could vary from $5-20. Remember, this is a temporary fix. An expert can provide a more permanent solution once you’re ready.

Can you fix a window without replacing it?
This depends on the issue you’re dealing with and how severe of an issue it is. You could apply weather strips or a tarp to your drafty windows each year; but, replacing your windows will ultimately resolve that extra-high energy bill and need for extra blankets in the winter.

Where can I find a home window repair company near me?
Great question! Window Nation has experts around the country who are ready to help you. Fill out this form to hear from someone in your area.

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