Brought to you by:
When the Cape Doctor is whistling around your windows and keeping you awake until all hours, it’s time to take action.
What you are hearing is the wind penetrating small gaps and holes around your home – normally found around windows.
But what can you do about it? We chatted with Shamiel Waggie, an expert tradesman from FixForward, about how to keep your home whistle-free when the wind blows.
Sash windows are more complex in their design and have a pleasing traditional appeal. Sashes should move smoothly, fit firmly and slide into the respective spaces in the sill and header.
Shamiel says that planing uneven areas, adding weather stripping where necessary or replacing the beading can solve most issues with sash windows, but keep in mind that sash cord can stretch and might need tightening or replacing.
Windows with panes tend to be larger, letting in natural daylight and bringing the outdoors in. If you have a window with panes, take a close look to see if they are set firmly. Over time, the putty around the edges of the pane or silicone around the frame can weather and should be replaced.
Frames or brackets are also important, notes Shamiel, and you need to check there are no exposed areas around these. Frames can be secured with a wedge and silicone and be resealed and screws that secure aluminum brackets, which can also weather over time, can be easily replaced.
Hinges and latches are often overlooked too. Making sure your windows are flush to the frame and the latches close tightly will go a long way to keeping your property whistle-free. Adding latches to longer windows can also help keep your windows flush to the frame.
With winter around the corner, Shamiel says that now is the time to consider maintenance on your windows.
“Before winter and before summer - these are the best times to do these jobs. You don’t want water seeping in, or your frames drying out.”
Fix Forward is a non-profit organisation dedicated to connecting homeowners and businesses wanting to renovate, with hand-picked quality tradesmen.