Hail Damaged Windows

Hail damaged windows can be repaired without full window replacement!  Until recently victims of hail damage had only one option to restore their windows to pre-storm condition.  That included the very costly and invasive project of window replacement.

Full Replacement Pit-falls

Consider for a moment the impact a project of that scope can have on your home and your family.

  • An aluminum clad window is secured in the wall by a nailing flange on the exterior side of the house wall.  If your home is brick, stone, or stucco, it is impossible to remove the window frame without damaging the surrounding material.  Picture the resulting appearance of your home after that brick, stone, or stucco has been patched back in around the new window.
  • In many cases, a contractor may elect to not cut away the exterior material to remove the window.  But wait, I just said that was the only way to do it right?  Yes, but that’s not how its always done.   Some contractors will remove the nailing flange and screw the new frame into the opening through the sides.  Yes, it holds the frame in place.  Now let’s talk about sealing, flashing, and water leaks.  There is no way to wrap around the new frame and seal it to the wall using this technique.  Good luck with that!
  • What happens on the interior with a full window replacement?  Drywall damage, painting, colors not matching, blinds not fitting, dust, mess…for days and days, and days.  Your ultimate satisfaction comes down to the quality of contractors working in your home, their attention to detail, and respect for you and your home.  Still keep in mind, the hail damage wasn’t inside your house, but now you have a major mess on your hands!
  • I’ll save poor contractor service, quality, communication, integrity, and follow-up for another post.

A Better Idea

Fenster has a better way to repair hail damaged windows.  Removing the entire window is no longer necessary.  In most cases, hail damage only occurs on the face of the sash panel.  The sash is the glass and frame surrounding the glass that you open and close.  On most aluminum clad windows, there is very little surface of the frame exposed and is often protected by the surrounding exterior finishes requiring only the sash panel by replaced.  Not the whole window!

 

 

 

 

 

Our Quiksash for hail damaged windows is an after-market sash replacement system engineered to retro fit directly into the existing window frame without modification and without affecting the fit, form or function of the window.   Fenster guarantees same like, kind, and quality on every Quiksash model to closely resemble the original sash and not significantly change the appearance of the window in any way.  When Quiksash is used on a home 10 years or older, the quality and efficiency of glass technology will exceed the original window actually upgrading the window from its original performance.

This is the first of a multi-part series on our Quiksash for hail damaged windows products and their advantages over full replacement.  Stay tuned for more.  In the meantime, please visit our website, www.fensterusa.com for more information about Quiksash and our other window repair products.

4 Comments

  • Harris Snyder
    Posted August 19, 2017 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    I had Coradco double hung windows in my house for 22 years, and recently had to replace the Jambliners in one of those windows. The process of purchasing the replacement Jambliner kit (doublehung balance kit) from Fensterusa was somewhat stressful for me because, while I am very handy, this was my first window repair and I did not want to create a problem for myself in the order process. I am happy to report that the kit worked as advertised and the install was successful. The following are some helpful hints to anyone else who attempts this for the first time:
    1. The on-line diagram of the cross-section of the jambliner does not show the measurement for the width of the square plough. I do not know if Coradco had other sash’s besides the ones in my house. If your window’s plough width is approx. 1/2″, these Jambliners will work.
    2. The tilt pins have an “R” and “L” on them (Right and Left). The instructions, at least to me, seemed vague on how to use this information. The correct assumption is that you are looking at the window from the inside of the house.
    3. These jambliners contain an improvement over the original Coradco jambs. They have locking pins, which is where the sash tilt pins rest when the sashes are installed. After I installed the jambliners in the window frame, I pulled the locking pins down almost to the bottom of the their allowed travel. The locking mechanism kept them at this low point. When I inserted each sash (with the title pins installed), and tilted the sashes back into the jambs, the locking mechanism released and the sashes slid up (and down) as designed.

    • Posted August 20, 2017 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      Harris, It’s great to hear our product worked out for you and thank you for your business! I apologize for the stressfulness. Sometimes the technical jargon just can’t be avoided. One thing I’ll add to your comments for the sake of other readers; the size of the plough is another industry “standard”. If you have windows with a square plough, they are all the same, at least to our 17 years experience. We haven’t found one to not work. Thanks again!

  • Tim Smith
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ryan
    I’m looking to replace 3 windows in my house that I had to rent out.
    They are Caradco wood windows with aluminum on the outside the wood is rotten from the top being left open year round. The opening is approximately 64”x 37 1/2”
    Can you help?

    • Posted January 16, 2018 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      Tim, More than likely! Caradco is our biggest seller! We have 5 Caradco models we can do. You’d have to tell us which one you have. You can review those and order from our website, https://www.fensterusa.com. Thanks!

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