howling aluminum windows
September 12, 2010 12:39 PM Subscribe
How do I weatherstrip old aluminum windows?
posted by moonlet to home & garden (3 answers total)
My apartment has three old sliding aluminum windows on the third floor. We get a strong wind off the ocean, and they basically howl nonstop. They have no weatherstripping that I can see and are totally filthy. The moving sash does slide all the way into place on the far side, but at top, bottom, and center the moving sashes sit very loosely in the frames.
Everything I've been able to find online is either products with no instructions, or instructions for vertically hung wooden windows. My roommates have threatened me with death if I use plastic film. We are not aiming for a huge heat loss reduction; we will be happy if the house no longer sounds like recorded Halloween sound effects. The landlord is too flaky to deal with.
So, what do I need, and how do I use it? Can I do it without removing the sashes?