1. Failed Window Seals
Window seals ensure that air doesn’t leak through the small gaps around your window. If your window seals fail, you’ll notice a draft around the window.
Broken window seals make your home less energy efficient. Double- and triple-paned windows are filled with insulating gas that prevents energy transfer between your home and the great outdoors. If the seals break, the gas flows out, and you can’t add more gas to the windows once it seeps out. Your windows lose their insulation, which means you lose much more energy through the window.
A variety of factors can cause your window seals to break. Over time, constant exposure to fluctuating outdoor temperatures and harsh weather runs the seals ragged. They expand and contract depending on the external temperature, which eventually wears the seals out.
Seals can also crack or start to peel away if they were installed incorrectly. Opening and closing the window can cause improperly placed seals to slip out of place.
If your seal is broken, you’ll notice condensation in between the panes of your double- or triple-paned windows. Sometimes, a professional can replace the seal, but since he or she won’t be able to replace the lost insulating gas, consider replacing the window instead.
To protect your window from failed seals, take these steps:
- Check your seals for mold. Use a clean rag and warm, soapy water or vinegar to gently remove the mold as soon as you notice it.
- Be gentle when you open and close your windows.
- Examine your windows periodically to make sure the seals are still intact.
Taking these steps will help you protect your initial window investment and ensure that your windows contribute to your home’s energy efficiency.
2. Rotting Sashes or Frames
Wood frames, sashes, and sills look beautiful, but they’re prone to rot, especially if you live in a humid area or an area that experiences a lot of rain and snow.
If only a small section of your wood rots, an experienced technician might be able to repair it. However, the fix won’t do much good if you can’t pinpoint the source of the rot. For instance, if the caulk between the joint and the frame has cracked, water will continue to seep into the replacement wood. You’ll find yourself facing more water-damage repairs after a few months.
Fortunately, window-related water damage isn’t too hard to detect or avoid. Take these steps to avoid rotten wood:
- Make sure your sprinklers don’t spray water across your windows.
- Check your windows periodically for rot. If you notice a leak or drip, fix it immediately-delaying repairs will only cause a more expensive problem down the road.
- Prime all sides of the wood. Repaint the wood as soon as you notice it chipping or peeling.
If the entire frame rots, you’ll likely have to replace the entire window. Be vigilant about avoiding wood rot, and if you notice a problem starting to form, deal with it right away.
3. Broken Window Panes
Shattered glass seems like it happens in an instant-and in some cases, it does. However, small actions you take can make your window glass more prone to break.
For instance, if you use particularly abrasive cleaners, you could damage your windows. You (or your rambunctious children or pets) might also crack or chip the window, which renders it more vulnerable to break under pressure.
Older glass or windows made of cheaper materials will shatter more readily than newer, thicker-paned glass.
To protect your windows from cracks and shattering, clean them with non-abrasive cleaners and so
ft microfiber towels that won’t scratch the glass. If you live in a storm-prone area, consider investing in storm windows. Storm windows sit on the outside of your regular windows to add extra insulation and shield the windows from hail and debris.
If your windows are more than a decade old, consider upgrading them to thicker windows. New windows won’t shatter as easily in a storm, and they’ll also keep your home more energy efficient.
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Implement these tips to keep your windows safe, sturdy, and strong for as long as possible.
If you detect window damage too late, get in touch with the professionals at Go-Glass. You can also contact us if you have questions about your window damage-we might be able to repair the window damage without performing an entire replacement.