Rattling glass windows are either caused by loose glass panes or loose window frames and can be extremely noisy in a home. If your windowpanes have become loose, it could be because of small cracks in the frame that has endured heavy winds, rain and other external elements for a prolonged period of time. The gap between the cracked frame and glass causes the rattling. Caulking rattling glass in an important part of your glass repair effort. Caulking helps to protect the frame from further damage, which could shatter your glass completely. Here are some steps for undertaking glass repairs for rattling windows.
Gather your Materials
You will need silicone caulk, a caulk gun, a putty knife, cleaning vinegar, warm soap water, a few old rags and a hairdryer. Silicone caulk works best on window frames because it is waterproof and retains its flexibility even when it has dried. Moreover, silicone caulk doesn't shrink and is mould resistant, making it the perfect choice for weather-enduring window frames. You can purchase all these materials at a local hardware or home improvement store.
Clean the Window Frame
Silicone caulk doesn't stick well on paint chips, dust and existing caulk, so you'll want to get rid of these items with a putty knife. Once you've removed these chipped layers, soak a rag in the warm soap water solution and clean the window frame cracks thoroughly before adding caulk.
Apply Silicone Caulk
Silicone caulk usually comes in tubular form, so you will need to puncture the seal and add the caulk to the gun. Start applying the caulk to the cracked and loose spaces between the window frame and glass pane. Use a putty knife to push the caulk into the cracks, so that they fill up completely. Keep in mind that every crack needs to be filled comprehensively to stop the glass from rattling. The application of silicone caulk with a gun needs to be gentle and steady, so you don't end up spreading the caulk everywhere.
Remove Excess Caulk and Let the Application Dry
Soak another rag in vinegar to remove all excess caulk from the window frames for a neater finish. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which loosens the caulk easily. Let the remaining caulk dry for a few hours on the window frame. Check the glass pane once the caulk has dried to be sure that it doesn't rattle. If it does, you will need to redo the caulk application process.
You can easily undertake this simple glass repair task on your own to fix the rattling problem. If you're not confident of doing home improvement work, let professional glass repair specialists solve your problem.