No. 1 reason your windows rattle and how to prevent it

If you live on a busy street or near an airport, there's a good chance that your windows have a distinct and unsettling rattling sound caused by cars driving by at high speeds or airplanes taking off. The rattling sound is caused by a vibration to the ground that transfers to windows that aren't properly secured to their frames. The same effect can occur during intense rain storms when extreme winds and heavy thunder are present.

Security of the window is the No. 1 reason your windows rattle, and here's how to fix it:

Weather stripping. You'll need a utility knife, measuring tape and several rolls of adhesive-backed weather stripping.

  1. Using soap and water, thoroughly clean the area where you'll apply the weather stripping and wait for it to dry completely.
  2. Use the measuring tape to measure each side of the window and cut the stripping accordingly.
  3. Raise the inner sash and apply two pieces of weather stripping to this area. Lower the outer sash and apply two pieces of weather stripping here as well.

Caulking. You'll need caulk, a putty knife, vinegar and one rag.

  1. First, apply the caulk in the space between the frame of the window and the glass pane.
  2. Using the putty knife, completely fill the crack by maneuvering the caulk into any empty spaces.
  3. Fill a bucket with vinegar and soak the rag in it for a few minutes, then use it to wipe away any excess caulk from the window pane.
  4. Once the caulk dries, you will want to double check for any exposed areas and refill these accordingly.

Seal unused windows permanently. If you have windows that you rarely or never open, it may be necessary to seal them completely to eliminate rattling all together.

  1. You can do this by closing the window securely and applying caulk to all four sides of the frame.
  2. Apply a single-pane storm window and install a bead of caulk over the area for maximum security. Your final result will be airtight to the equivalent of a double-pane fixed window.

Although these solutions can be simple do-it-yourself projects, it's usually best to hire a professional contractor to ensure the most effective application and to prevent any dangerous side effects.

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