Are your windows failing to keep your home insulated and protected as they should? If your energy bills are skyrocketing, there are cold- or warm-spots in your home near windows, or your windows just aren’t looking as crystal-clear as you’d like, it’s important to consider that your windows might not be living up to their jobs!
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution. Good replacement windows can keep your home cool and comfortable and upgrade your home’s curb appeal at the same time. Working with window contractors that are experts in window installation can even help you add value to your home in a budget-friendly way!
However, it’s a good idea to figure out what’s wrong with your current windows before you invest in something new. Here are the seven main reasons for window failure that you’ll likely experience:
- Air Infiltration: Modern top-tier insulation and weather stripping can keep the majority of hot and cold air on the outside. However much of the technology used in windows installed these days was invented very recently! If your windows are older, there’s a good chance that the weather strips or edges of your windows aren’t completely flush or insulated. This can leak air through very easily–causing your home to lose precious energy keeping it warm or cool!
- Glass: Is there visual moisture between the panes of your glass window, or does it have a milky-white appearance? The seal protecting the air buffer between your windowpanes may have broken. Unconditioned air might have blown into that interior area, condensing and making the overall integrity of your window much lower.
- Stress Cracks: It may go without saying that any larger holes or cracks in your window render your window ineffective and may necessitate a replacement. However, you’ll find that small–almost unnoticeable–hairline fractures in your windows may crop up as a result of poor insulation and resultant pressure on your window. These cracks may not let a large amount of air in, but they weaken the seal and overall energy-efficiency of your window.
- Condensation: Condensation is an inevitable part of having a drastic difference in temperature on either side of your windows, but the inherent effects of moisture on your windows can cause them to warp, crack, and even decay.
- Rot: In older homes, the windows might have been installed closer to a century ago then to current times! Most materials, including the softer woods that were more in vogue at that time, simply don’t have the integrity to stand up to that much time. Moisture and weather over the years will have caused the frame to break down, making a replacement necessary.
- Insects: If your home has termites or other invasive insects, you know just how debilitating they can be! The effects of insects chewing away at your sealant, weather stripping, and frames over years can be worse than natural rot, and will certainly contribute to their early failure.
- Time: Finally, if more than 15-20 years or so have passed since the last time your windows have been looked at, it’s a good idea to have them tested for quality. Even if there’s nothing visibly wrong, the lack of modern environment-enhancing energy-efficient technology in your windows might be putting your home at a steep disadvantage.
In order to truly tell what the state of your windows is, don’t hesitate to have them inspected by a professional! Reach out to the replacement window at Texas Remodel Team to learn more about what your options are for crystal-clear, energy-efficient windows.