As we get into the fall and winter months, many homeowners notice more issues with their windows and doors. The colder air makes it easier to feel drafts, the differences in humidity creates confusion around condensation, and the freezing and contracting of materials may hurt performance. When you notice these things, it is good to be informed on what truly is a problem and what is not, and on the best way to fix it.
One of the most common issues we hear from homeowners is that they have condensation on their glass, however that does not always mean there is a problem with the window. If you can wipe away the condensation on either side of the glass, your window does not need any work done, the condensation is simply due to differences in temperature and humidity. If the condensation is between the panes of glass and you cannot wipe it away, that means you have a seal failure and need new glass. A simple glass replacement can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars compared to new units.
Another common problem is drafty or leaky windows. Sometimes it just requires an adjustment or possibly a new sash that was not sealing properly in the window frame. Certain window products like vinyl are more prone to expanding and contracting in heat and cold, so drafts may occur when there is actually no issue at all, but instead just the nature of the product that should be discussed up front when you purchase them. There are times when a full window replacement is the only solution for your house.
The biggest reason is if your window frame is rotting. Water can begin penetrating the window and seep into the wall and cause more problems than just a rotten window if this isn’t taken care of. Windows generally have a lifetime of 20-30 years, so if yours are in that age range older it may be time to take a closer look and start planning. New windows will increase the value of your home, reduce your energy bill 8-20%, improve curb appeal, and reduce outside noise. Replacing your windows has a lot of benefits, but it’s wise to dig into your options instead of being sold on new units right away. Feel free to give us a call and we’re more than happy to guide you through options.
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