I purchased a newly "redone" or "flipped" house in late 2009 and some windows have have developed problems. First within the first year one side of a small window in a bathroom cracked and a friend said it was evidently from "stress" and that the window probably wasn't installed properly.
If I replace the pane that cracked would it likely crack again?
Then a bedroom east facing window started making "popping" sounds this past year in the morning when the sun started to hit it and I discovered that it seem to have "moved" within the frame .in other words it seems to be "falling out". I see cracks in the paint and possibly caulk around it on the inside and you can push on the window and tell it is loose because it will move slightly.
I was told by a friend that they probably used the wrong type of caulking when the windows were installed and that it didn't allow for expansion and contraction. This friend also said I could just re-caulk over the existing with New Proper Type Caulk. Is that true? Or what is the proper way to fix this before it starts to leak? I feel I should have All windows fixed before they start to do the same.
Also, What type of Contractor would I contact for these repairs? A general contractor, a window installer, etc???
I have to agree with your friend, something definitely wrong was done during construction of those windows.I would suggest you get them replaced,since it is not at any single location the problem is focused in-it may start with more windows in your home.Get a free consultation from a professional about home improvement installations.My office got these window solutions,gives protection from burglars and are energy efficiency. For more information,please look at- http://www.alphaimpactwindows.com
Is there only one window in the house with this problem? If it is happening all over the place, it could be a result of foundation problems. As the house settles and moves, the window will no longer fit in the frame and can crack, just like you described.
I would recommend calling professionals to come troubleshoot the window. They should be able to tell you what the cause is. No matter what the issue is, you will need glass repair. Leaving a cracked window like that alone can be dangerous.
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