Keeping up on home maintenance and repairs is an important responsibility of a homeowner. Fixing things when they break is part of the job, but it’s not always clear when there’s a problem. You might think a window is fine as long as it’s not cracked, but that’s not always the case. New windows might be called for if you notice any of the following signs:
You Feel a Draft
Unless you actually have it propped open, you should not feel any air coming in around the window. If a window is not sealing properly, or if the weatherstripping or panes need to be replaced, you might begin to notice air leaks.
Not all condensation is bad, but if you see condensation (or even ice in winter) in between two panes of glass, it probably means that the seals have failed. In this case, new windows would be needed before they get too leaky.
Warped or Rotted Wood
Decaying frames are a clear sign that windows should be replaced. Once a wooden frame becomes rotted, it can allow excess moisture to get in, which leads to more rot and sometimes even mold growth around the window or behind the wall.
The Windows Stick
Opening your windows should not be difficult. They should open and close smoothly, with little effort. Once they start to stick, or if they need to be propped open to keep from closing, you know it’s time for new windows.
Why Faulty Windows Should be Replaced
Knowing WHY you should get new windows is just as important as knowing how to spot signs of trouble. One big reason is energy cost savings. Windows should be sealed tightly – if unwanted air is getting in or out it makes it harder to keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer. Heating or air conditioning must work overtime to compensate for the leaky windows and that can really add up in increased monthly energy bills. Another concern of faulty windows is safety. If windows don’t close and lock properly, or if they don’t fit correctly into their frames, it can leave them vulnerable for kids to accidentally open or for unwanted visitors to get in through.
Not only is it necessary to replace the windows when needed, but it is also important to make sure your new windows are installed properly! A reputable company like Fiji Construction will not only provide high-quality windows, but we measure and install properly so there are no gaps, no sticking and no uneven caulking. Contact us at 847-462-0990 to speak with one of our experienced technicians and learn more about our quality products and service.