When your windows fail, all you know is that they are drafty, leaking, and non-operable. Sometimes, you can guess at the cause, such as age or stormy weather, but it’s not always immediately obvious. You may even worry about what caused a window failure and would like to avoid another one in the replacement windows.
To ease your mind, consider checking out these seven most common reasons for window failure. It may help you figure out the problem, so you can take preventative measures to stop it from happening again.
Air Entering the Window
There are a couple of reasons why air would start to leak through your windows. First, the weather stripping and seals around the glass and frame may be dried out. This compromises the integrity of your window’s structure creaking tiny gaps and holes that allow drafts to enter.
Secondly, old historic windows didn’t have our modern rubber gaskets and seals. Many were constructed with glass on wood framing or metal framing. This set up wasn’t very airtight to begin with and as the materials age they shifted slightly allowing air to enter.
Windows are made of glass. No matter how durable, glass can break. Whether a flying object has hit your living room window, or stress cracks appear in the glass a couple of years after installation, this is a definite failure of your windows.
Window frames can also break down or develop rot over time, especially if you have wood frames. The wood can also dry out or moisture can seep into it, leading to cracks as weather changes cause it to expand or contract. Insects also find wood a tasty meal and will eat it away over time.
If your window contractor doesn’t professionally install the window, it can be drafty or loose from the start. These issues only get worse as the years pass causing water leaks into the home and increased energy bills. What are some of the signs of poor window installation?
- Incorrect measurements for the window
- No window flashing used
- Poor or incomplete line of caulk used
- Exterior siding poorly trimmed or damaged
- Loose or crooked window trim
Homeowners do need to maintain their windows to protect them for the long-term. Make sure to reapply paint to the wood frames as needed. Keep an eye out for built up mold and mildew. Replace the worn out silicone on your older windows. These things will help preserve the windows for as long as possible.
When there is consistently high humidity in the air, or the interior of the home is frequently humid, this causes condensation to collect on the window. The moisture rolls down the sides of the windows where it can collect in cracks and crevices. Eventually, this wears out the seals, warps paint, and seeps into the wood.
When a bad storm blows through it creates all kinds of challenging conditions that impact your windows. From lots of horizontal rain to high winds, storms wear out the mechanisms in windows, break the hinges, or even break the glass.
Have your windows failed? Reach out to New Windows for America about a free consultation to discuss replacement windows. We can provide you with a quote for your new windows or offer advice on whether to replace or repair them.