How to repair mobile home windows

by Shirley
Between the glass and the frame is the caulking ( or whatever it is called). Ours has disintegrated because of the sun and the heat in Texas. Does anyone have any ideas for how to repair this problem?
  13 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 29, 2016
    You will have to remove the old caulking . Reseal with the proper heat resistant silicon. I suggest going to your local reputable hardware store for purchasing the correct product.
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    • Shirley Shirley on Apr 30, 2016
      @Lisa Thanks a bunch. It is so enjoyable.
  • Sandie Sandie on Apr 29, 2016
    Hubby bought special vinyl caulking.
    • Shirley Shirley on Apr 30, 2016
      @Thank You Sandie I think I was looking for something that would be simpler. 80 and lazy. What is on there does not look like caulking but rather like a plastic strip.
  • Terijvelez Terijvelez on Apr 30, 2016
    Ours was done with glazing compound, it's like putty to work with. Make sure you get all the old junk out before you do it. Use a putty knife (I found I preferred the one with the hook thing on the end) to squish it in between the glass and frame and then use the edge of the knife to clean it up. It's a bit tricky at first but pretty easy once you get the hang of it. You have to mind the temperature and it can't be raining and wet, that's all on the directions on the back of the tub. The caulking thing may be a newer product, sounds like an easier way to go if that's made for windows! I'd rather play with a caulk gun then the time it took to get it all in the gap and clean it up.
    • Shirley Shirley on Apr 30, 2016
      @Thank You Terijvelez Looks like I better start pretty soon before it gets really hot here. See my comment to Sandie. Wow. Thanks again. You went to a lot of trouble.
  • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Apr 30, 2016
    Janet is right. Caulking tends to get old and disintegrate especially in heat or up where I live heat then cold. This is not a hard fix and you will get another benefit, keeping bugs out. Get some advise from a local "reputable" hardware store. I am not really talking about the big boxes because the help there do not necessarily have a lot of knowledge. I have a favorite hardware store up here and I can go in there, get lots of help and direction and even an explanation of what I have to do because many of their employees are retired from the trades. They are amazing! You can do it!!!
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    • LauraBeth LauraBeth on May 30, 2017

      Try Amazon. They have everything

  • Lynda Lynda on Apr 30, 2016
    Hi, I also have a mobile/manufactured home over 20yrs old. We live in florida. If the caulking is old and terrible, like ours was, you are cooling and heating the outside. In Fl. most only have single pane windows which is awful! So after much thought and procrastrination, I decided to put all new double pane single hung and tinted window in our home. I just can't believe the diff. when keeping the inside cool in our awful heat and humidity. I am paying for 3 years but I don't care as I am sooo pleased!
    • Shirley Shirley on Apr 30, 2016
      @Lynda Thanks Lynda. Seems there's little info on mobiles even though it seems half the population lives in one. We decided not to do double hungs because of our age and the fact that this place won't bring much of price after we go to our great reward, not because of the house itself which is really pretty nice but because of where it is and they don't seem to bring much according to what we paid for this. We just got a heat pump because according to my guy, we will save hundreds a year on our electric bill. For me, it will take about 40 years to recoup that difference. Oh well, thanks for your input and I would go for it if we were younger.
  • Mary Mary on Apr 30, 2016
    Shirley, it's called glazing compound. As it ages it gets brittle. We too had that problem and regular waterproof caulk works as does silicone caulk. We have remodeled 2 mobile homes. Best of luck in your repairs!
  • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on Apr 30, 2016
    I don't think you're dealing with glazing compound. Are the windows removable? They're not wood frames, are they? Are the frames around the glass plastic, or aluminum? If they're plastic, is THAT what has deteriorated, or is it a strip of rubber-like substance between the glass and the plastic frame? It sounds like you have windows that are made like aluminum-framed screens. The rubber strip, if it were a screen, would be called a spline. I'm not sure what it's called in a storm window, but it's the same idea. If I were you, I'd write down how many windows you need to fix, and roughly how big each is. Then I'd take one small window to a glass and mirror repair shop. Ask for an estimate for fixing all your bad windows. If you can't afford it, consider fixing them in stages, the worst ones first. If you can't afford their help at all, take the window and what you've learned to some place like Lowe's, and find out about fixing it yourself. It shouldn't be too bad. Buy just a minimum of supplies to try one window first, if you feel unsure about it. I wish you good luck!
  • Lynda Lynda on Apr 30, 2016
    Hi shirley. We are 75. I wish you welll Have a prof. Recaulk your windows.
  • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Apr 30, 2016
    Looks like there is an Ace Hardware in the same town where you are but from the reviews I looked at for Ford and Crew Home and Hardware in Marble Falls they sound like a place I would want to check out. I would not recommend plastic at all due to your heat but you might be able to find some of silicone or comparable stripping that might work.
    • Shirley Shirley on May 01, 2016
      @Thank You Sue Kiene and everyone else. You, Sue, have outdone yourself. I cannot believe the positive outpouring from my fellow Hometalkers. This is the greatest website with the best members. I think I've got all the info I can glean from this post so will close but will back later with more. The best to all of you.
  • Shirley Shirley on May 01, 2016
    Just do it.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on May 01, 2016
    Rope caulk is great , easy to install, and has withstood the test of time when other products have come and gone. You don't need any special tools, not even a caulking gun! There are different brands and it is not very expensive: Mortite, Duck, Frost King. It is available at any hardware or big box store.
    • Ruth Ruth on Feb 23, 2017

      We did two different whole house windows like that I'm luck I used to work in one an knew what to get an You are correct it works best An is cheeper than the rest we are 73 an 74 years an we had no problem

  • Karen Karen on Feb 22, 2017

    You may want to check out this site. Has alot of good info for mobile home repairs...

  • Valerie Keating Zink Valerie Keating Zink on Feb 22, 2017

    I guess I am lucky. Mine is 23 years old but I have double glazed windows. Each pane has its own frame. a storm broke one of them so I took the frame to a glass place and the replace the glass for me. Texas weather is brutal on the outside of these houses.