The Wind Whistling Through Your Windows
When you’re trying to sleep and the wind whistling through a window disturbs you, your first inclination is to haul yourself out of bed and check it’s properly closed. No sooner are you back in bed and the annoying sound starts again.
You pull the pillow over your head determined to do a google search in the morning.
If this is you and you found us here, then we may be able to provide a simple DIY solution. If not, try calling SilverLine Exterior Solutions on Vancouver 604-942-0488 and we’ll advise on the most economical solution to your annoying problem.
What Causes Wind Whistling Through Windows
Wind whistling through a tiny gap somewhere, becomes a resonating chamber producing a high pitched sound. Pretty much the same thing happens if you whistle, or blow across an open bottle neck.
Seeing as the wind is coming in from the outside, your first step is to check the sealant around the frame between the window and the wall. However we strongly recommend you don’t do this if you have balancing issues, or are uncomfortable standing on a ladder.
What You May Be Able to Do About This
If the sealant has shrunk or cracked, then you have to remove the entire lot and replace it. Of course you always try to patch it first. The problem is if the sealant has gone in one place, it won’t be long before the problem starts again elsewhere on the frame.
If this does not solve the problem then you could check the seal around the inside of the window frame next. There is always a slight gap between a window and a wall because the installer needs a little wiggle room to maneuver the unit it. They are supposed to seal this with expanding foam and tidy up with silicon.
However, they don’t always do this properly. If they left a gap, then the hollow space could resonate against the wind outside pushing the glass, and produce a sound that’s also similar to someone to blowing over an open bottle neck.
If you still have a problem after closing the gap, then the seals on the window itself likely failed somewhere. Unless it’s a small problem easily fixed then it may be time to replace the entire unit because it is probably quite old.
Give SilverLine Exterior Solutions a call on Vancouver 604-942-0488 or book an appointment right here. Our installers will call you back. They know what’s best to do.
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