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.