Window Rattling Causes and Fixes

Window rattling is more than just a nuisance; it is an indication that something is wrong with its components. In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Houston explains the common causes of rattling and the best solutions to fix the issue.

Window Rattling

What Causes Window Rattling?

The following are some of the most common causes of rattling:

  • Loose glass panes. Over time, the sealant that holds the glass in place will degrade, leaving the frame with vacant spaces that produce noise.
  • Damaged window frames. Cracks, gaps, or warping on the frames can cause the glass to sit unevenly and start vibrating due to strong winds.
  • Worn-out weatherstripping. Weatherstripping plays a crucial role in sealing gaps around your windows. If it is already showing signs of wear and tear, air can rush in and vibrate the frame and glass, causing the rattling sound.
  • High winds and external factors. Location-specific factors like high winds, traffic or construction projects nearby can also cause your windows to rattle.

How to Fix the Problem of Rattling in Windows

Certain types of repairs can be done to minimize the rattling on affected windows. Caulk, for example, can be used to seal the gaps between the sashes and frames and help make the assembly airtight again. Adjusting the mortise plate may also help solve the problem of rattling, especially if it has loosened or damaged by wear. Otherwise, you may have to replace that particular component.

Window Replacement as a Viable Solution

Rattling can also be a symptom that your windows are on their last legs. If the fixes mentioned above no longer cut it and that the annoying sound continues to persist, a window replacement would be a better and long-lasting solution. With this investment, you not only keep water and moisture out but also ensure consistent indoor comfort and improved energy efficiency.

For top-notch window replacement services, turn to Renewal by Andersen of Houston. We have a wide range of window style choices, from casement windows to sliding windows. Call us at (281) 547-6177, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.