The Tell-Tale Signs Your High-Rise Windows Need Repairs

High-rise buildings stand as marvels of modern architecture, yet they face unique challenges, especially when it comes to maintaining windows. Identifying the early signs of window damage is crucial for ensuring the safety, efficiency, and longevity of these towering structures. This article outlines the key indicators that your high-rise windows require professional attention.

Early Warning Signs: When to Act

Structural Integrity at Risk

  • Visible Damage: Cracks or chips in the glass are clear indicators that repairs are needed.
  • Frame Deterioration: Look for warping, rot, or corrosion on window frames.

Compromised Seals

  • Drafts: Feeling air movement around closed windows suggests seal failure.
  • Water Leakage: Water inside suggests compromised waterproofing.

Operational Issues

  • Difficulty Opening/Closing: Windows that stick or won’t stay open need attention.  This may be a sign that the window mechanism has moved out of alignment.  Look for marks on the frame where the window sash may be rubbing against it for confirmation.
  • Noise Penetration: Increased outside noise can indicate seal problems.

Recognizing Failed Double Glazed Units

Double glazed windows are pivotal in maintaining a building’s thermal efficiency and comfort. However, they can fail over time, leading to decreased performance. Knowing the signs of a failed unit is crucial for timely intervention:

  • Condensation Between Panes: Moisture or fogging inside the two layers of glass is a clear indicator that the seal has failed, compromising the window’s insulating properties.
  • Distorted or Warped Glass: If the glass appears distorted, it may be due to changes in pressure or temperature affecting the seal or the glass itself.
  • Increased Energy Bills: An unexplained rise in heating or cooling costs can be a sign that your windows are no longer providing adequate insulation due to failed double glazing.

The Impacts of Neglect

Ignoring these signs can lead to more severe problems:

  • Safety Hazards: Faulty windows can become a fall risk or break unexpectedly.
  • Energy Loss: Damaged seals lead to higher heating and cooling costs.
  • Property Damage: Water leaks can cause interior damage and mold growth.

High-Rise Window Maintenance: A Preventative Approach


Speak to Mila if you have any issues with High-Rise window repairs that you manage.  Mila are the experts for this kind of project.  We have over 30 years experience and access to the best window supply chain in the market.  Our engineers are fully training for working at height, harness working and protecting residents when carrying out repairs.  Our simple model is called SAFEKEEP.

Survey (S): Detailed Checks with Tailored Reporting

Our engineers conduct meticulous checks on your windows and doors.  Firstly for correct operation. Then for compliance with health and safety regulations.  Thirdly, signs of water and air ingress. We also consider any additional factors requested by our clients to furnish landlords with a detailed report. Not only does this report spotlight areas that need fixing. It also serves as a tangible audit trail, showcasing safety precautions undertaken. Finally, the report proposes potential enhancements for the windows.

Adjust (A): Preventing Small Issues from Becoming Major Ones

The emphasis here is on proactive care. Windows require continual small adjustments to windows and regular lubrication.  This prevents minor issues from spiraling into bigger, costlier problems. Guarding against more significant repairs and, worst case, complete window replacements.

Fix (F): Swift and Uncomplicated Solutions

Our approach to fixing is straightforward and effective. Once a problem is identified, our team ensures it’s repaired efficiently.  We prioritise the safety and functionality of the windows and doors to uphold the comfort and security of our residents.

Enhance (E): Advancing Beyond the Basic Functions

Enhancements go beyond mere fixes. It could involve elevating ventilation to combat issues like mould or damp. Or escalating the energy efficiency of windows. Or upgrading security features. In every enhancement action, the objective is to boost the existing functionality. Enhancements may also prolong the lifespan of your installations.

KEEP: Keep your Windows and Residents SAFE

By engaging in long-term contracts, landlords can spread repair costs over an extended period. They gain preferential access to Mila’s responsive repair services. The ‘KEEP’ phase protects your window and door investment.  It is the scheduled programme of future safety audits.  This provides a steadfast availability of a repairs service when it’s needed.  It’s how you KEEP your resident’s windows operational over the long-term with all safety measures functional.  It’s how you prevent small problems becoming large expensive ones.

Learn more about how SAFEKEEP can benefit your properties. Contact Mila today to request our High Level Window Maintenance Brochure

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