Window no longer close

carrolljdDecember 7, 2010

I have some kind of replacement windows that are around 15 years old. I have no idea if they are vinyl or wood. They don't feel like vinyl, but who knows? Anyway, the window frame seems fine, but the windows no longer close. The bottom and top half are about 1/4 inch off now. I have no idea who to call or where to start. Can someone point me in the right direction?


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Call a handyman or small contractor who specializes in windows

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 6:46PM
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Thank you millworkman for your advice. The handyman couldn't begin to help me. The window repairman said that either his company could supply me with replacement windows or he could do it off the books buying what I needed at Home Depot. I own a small business myself and if I knew that one of my employees was soliciting my customers I would fire them in a heartbeat.

In the meantime, he did get the first floor windows locked, which was my biggest problem, buying me some time to figure out what to do. Windows are definitely vinyl, probably were installed 15-20 years ago and are warped from the sun. Only the west and south facing windows are affected.

So I still don't know what to do. Window repair companies are few and far between. I'm in Montgomery County, Maryland. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 5:08PM
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You likely have warped frames and/or sashes or both. Don't waste your money or time getting them "repaired" they aren't worth it. There are quite a few window replacement companies where you live. I would suggest you get a few estimates. And stay out of the hardware stores, they don't sell very good windows.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 6:59PM
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Thank you. I guess that is what I will do.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2010 at 8:19PM
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