Windows Making Noise in the Wind? Most Common Causes & Fixes

Are your windows making noise whenever it’s windy outside? Whether it’s whistling, creaking, screeching, or rattling, the sound is likely annoying or unsettling to you and your family.

Luckily, I’m here to offer some advice. In the sections that follow, you’ll find some of the most common causes for noisy windows during the windy season, as well as the best fixes for each one. Let’s get started!

What Types of Windows Make the Most Noise in the Wind?

As with most things in life, not all windows are created equal. So, some are made of higher quality materials, while others are (often) cheaper, less long-lasting, and of overall lower quality.

The windows belonging to the latter category are usually the ones that create a lot of noise and ruckus when the wind blows. It’s easy to guess why: the materials that comprise them simply age and get damaged faster, which results in all sorts of issues, including noise.

However, it is not all about quality. In reality, different types of windows are more prone to making wind-induced noise. I’ll give you some examples below.

Sliding Sash Windows

As their name suggests, sliding sash windows open via a slide, usually vertically. They’re more common in older homes or those that have a vintage exterior and interior design.

Typically, these windows’ frames are made of wood. No matter how high-quality it is, the wood ages and shrinks with time. As a result, they easily let in air, which, in turn, creates whistling or creaking sounds.

Fortunately, this window type has gone through many updates, both in terms of materials and manufacturing. Therefore, it’s totally safe and worthwhile to get it now if you’re planning a home renovation.

As for older models, it’s smart to update or replace them with new ones, depending on the amount of damage.

Cheap Upvc

With low-quality uPVC windows, there are often small cracks between the frame and the window aperture itself. It occurs due to the use of subpar materials or mistakes made during the installation process.

The solution to these problems is quite simple: you need to buy quality windows. Although you will have to splurge a bit, the payoff will be worthwhile. Most importantly, you won’t have to pay for repairs or replacements anytime soon, so you’ll get to save money in the long run.

What’s more, you should also hire a reliable handyman to put everything up for you. That way, you’ll make sure you don’t have any noise problems with your new windows in a few months or years’ time.

Why Do Windows Make a Whistling Noise in the Wind?

Here are some causes for the annoying whistling you hear coming through your windows when the wind is strong.

A Faulty Frame

In most cases, you’ll hear whistling coming from your windows if their frames become deformed, allowing holes and cracks to form. Now, these holes might be so tiny that you don’t even notice them at first glance. However, as long as air can pass through them, they’ll be able to cause noise.

It all works quite simply. Namely, when the air has space to move around in, it creates an echo chamber. So, the little whistle echoes on and on, making consistent noise as the wind blows.

The volume of the whistling will depend on the strength of the wind. So, the harder the wind blows, the louder and more high-pitched the sound will be. And if there is more than one little hole, they’ll be letting in a cacophony of sounds that you won’t be able to ignore.

Generally, this noise occurs with windows that are either old or made of low-quality materials (most notably aluminum). With time, the frame slowly becomes more and more deformed, thus losing its sealing properties. As a result, the wind easily passes through the cracks.

Gaps Inside the Window

Similarly to the issue above, you might hear whistling if there are tiny cracks in the window itself. The air finds a way in when the wind blows, and the noise is impossible to miss.

Once again, these cracks don’t have to be too hefty to cause noise. They just need to let the wind in, and physics will do the rest. Depending on the severity of the issue, there are different solutions you can try. We’ll cover them a bit later, so stay tuned.

Paint Issues

Sometimes, paint buildup from around the window — the wall and frame next to it — can cause whistling noises. Although this problem isn’t that common, it is still worth mentioning.

Generally, this buildup occurs with newly-painted rooms, especially if you put up the windows before the paint is fully dry. While it dries later on, little paint flakes break off and become stuck in the window frame. And when the wind blows, these flakes move around and cause whistling and buzzing sounds.

Broken Hinges

If you notice that your window hinges are damaged in any way, you’ve likely found the culprit for the whistling. Namely, when the hinges are faulty, the windows can never close properly.

This issue might be a bit difficult to spot because, oftentimes, the window does seemingly close as usual. However, what you don’t see is that there is some space that the wind can use to get through and cause noise.

Of course, if the hinges are visibly broken, you’ll need to replace them right away. But if you aren’t sure, it’s good to thoroughly inspect them for small cracks and holes.

Best Ways to Fix a Whistling Window

With the causes out of the way, let’s tackle the best ways to fix a window that whistles when the wind blows.

Seal the Window Frame

As the window frame ages, the sealant keeping it in place (and keeping air out) will need updating. Fortunately, it’s a pretty easy task, and you can do it on your own even if you don’t have that much experience.

All you need is a bottle of quality silicone sealant. There are dozens of brands to choose from, but any one of them with decent ratings will work just fine. And in case you need to seal the latch, you can also install some weatherstripping tape.

The goal is simple: you need to seal any cracks and holes in and around the frame. That way, the air won’t be able to get in, and you won’t hear the wind whistling at all, no matter how strong it is.

Replace the Window

In case you apply the sealant or tape and the whistling still persists, your issue might be bigger than you anticipated. If you’re sure that you sealed everything properly, the next logical step is to get a window replacement.

As expensive and drastic as the solution is, sometimes it’s the only possibility you have. That is especially the case with old windows with wooden frames. Unfortunately, no amount of sealing will make them new and whole again, so biting the bullet and getting new ones is a must.

Since you have to buy new windows anyway, make sure you actually get quality replacements. That way, you’ll ensure you’re safe from whistling and creaking noises for a long time to come.

It goes without saying, but definitely ask a professional to install the windows for you. By doing so, you’ll avoid injuring yourself or causing more damage and future costs by putting the windows up incorrectly.

Be Patient With Paint

In case your windows are whistling due to dried paint flakes stuck in the frame, you’ll need to take the windows off and clean everything thoroughly. Usually, you won’t have to replace anything or spend too much money.

In the future, just give your painting jobs enough time to dry. That way, you’ll avoid any similar problems and make sure your windows — and their frames — last you longer.

Replace Faulty Hinges

Lastly, if the whistling issue stems from faulty hinges, your best bet is to replace them. You can do it on your own if you’re good at DIY, or you can hire a professional to do it for you. Either way, your window should be as good as new (and fully soundless) in no time.

Why Do Windows Creak When It’s Windy?

Do your windows make other types of noises when it’s windy, such as creaking or cracking? In that case, you’re likely not dealing with holes and cracks in the window’s structure.

Here are some of the possible options.

Issues With Window Hinges

I’ve already mentioned faulty hinges and how they can cause whistling. However, old window hinges can also cause creaking, especially when it’s windy outside.

Granted, this issue usually happens with windows that are quite old. So, the creaking will definitely be accompanied by whistling, cracking, and even popping sounds.

It’s a Response to Lower Temperature Air

Typically, when the wind blows, the temperatures outside drop. In such conditions, window frames that contain aluminum may creak or crack with the wind, as the metal has a pretty high thermal expansion point.

Put simply, the metal constricts when temperatures dip and expands when they rise. In the case of aluminum, these changes occur quite easily and quickly, and they often cause popping, creaking, and cracking noises.

So, if a storm starts outside and the temperature drops, your window frame will constrict. Most importantly, it will do so noisily, so you’ll know exactly when it’s happening.

Now, you should remember that these sounds will only occur when there’s a significant temperature change outside. So, you can expect it at night or when the weather takes a turn for the worse. If you hear it when it’s sunny and there’s no wind, you might be dealing with another issue altogether.

Faulty Vinyl Siding

Finally, your windows might be creaking because your vinyl siding has been nailed too tightly to the walls around them. This issue might arise if you take the easy route and install the siding on your own.

Vinyl reacts to temperature changes similarly to aluminum. And when it doesn’t have enough space to constrict or expand, it will creak and crack from time to time, especially when the wind blows.

Best Ways to Fix a Creaking Window

All of the causes above have pretty easy fixes, and we’ll cover them below.

Oil the Hinges

If the hinges are causing the trouble, all you have to do is oil them regularly. Doing so should eliminate all unwanted noises.

However, if the hinges are really old and worn, it’s a good idea to replace them. This solution is a lot cheaper than replacing the entire window, and it will likely fix all your noise problems.

Replace the Windows

Sadly, sometimes, a replacement is the only possible option. That is especially the case with old windows that wouldn’t have much use from repairs.

To avoid any problems in the future, it’s smart to look for windows that aren’t made of any aluminum. They’ll be a bit more expensive, but your investment will very much pay off in the long run.

Don’t Install Vinyl Sidings on Your Own

Last but not least, it’s best to contact a professional whenever you’re replacing or installing anything concerning your window. That includes vinyl sidings and other decorative or protective pieces around the window.

By doing so, you will ensure everything is done properly, and you’ll avoid future problems.

To Sum Up

If your windows are making strange noises when the wind blows — be it whistling or creaking — it’s probably a sign that something needs repairing or replacing.

In most cases, the noise comes from tiny cracks in the windows or their frames. The wind passes through the holes and creates noise, which only intensifies due to the echo chamber effect. Alternatively, you might be dealing with issues concerning hinges, low-quality materials in the windows, or vinyl sidings.

Whatever the case, you’ll find the culprit by inspecting the windows thoroughly. If the issue is smaller, you can fix it on your own. But in case it’s bigger and something needs replacing, it’s much better to call a professional instead.


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