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When it comes to the east coast, its long frigid winters, tropical storms and annual hurricanes, your windows have most likely seen their fair share of beatings from mother nature. The resulting damage can vary from swollen window frames, or leaky windows to deteriorated seals, but it is not always easy to tell when they actually need to be repaired or replaced. If you aren’t sure what to look for, we will outline the 5 most common signs of window damage to look out for.
If you do regular inspections on your windows to ensure that they are functioning properly, you can save a lot of money not only on your maintenance bill but on your energy bill as well. High energy bills are commonly attributed to run down, drafty old windows, which can push the figure up as much as 25%! Examine your windows with this handy checklist to find how much money and energy you could potentially save.
The Tell Tale Signs
Mother nature, in the form of the ever-changing weather, speeds up the wear and tear of most parts of your home, but your windows are particularly at risk as they are the thinnest barrier between you and the outside world. Is it time to renovate, repair or replace? Here are the signs;
- There is a Draft coming Through the House
Drafty windows are generally the result of failed weather-strips on your windows’ sashes, but may also be caused by cracked windowpane or where the glazing putty on the glass has decayed. The offending elements should be replaced, but until you can find a long term and possibly costly solution, using caulk to seal these gaps is a cost-effective and easy solution.
- The Windows are Chipped, Cracked or Broken
This is the easiest and most obvious issue to detect; cracks, chips and scratches usually come from storm damage. These should be placed as soon as possible to reduce the risk of shattered glass getting into your home and causing damage or injury.
- The Windows are Old, Run Down and Rotten
It is quite easy to tell if a home is old, just old by looking at windows. Old windows tend to have cracked, rotten or discolored frames which have taken damage over the years. Before simply repainting, ensure that none of weathered sections are worn or rotten, as painting may mask the issue but will not prevent further deterioration. Decayed frames often require a completely new window.
- The Windows have Fog or Water Condensation
When the window seals are broken, then water droplets will begin to form on the inside of the glass. When this happens, the window pane has allowed air into the space between the panes of glass. When moisture also finds its way in then you will get foggy windows, due to the condensation. It is highly recommended that you replace your frames when the deterioration has reached this point.
- The Windows are Leaking Water
If your window doesn’t want to close properly all this way this will usually be the chief cause of water leaking in. If the window has a locking mechanism, then locking it may help. If it doesn’t help, then chances are that the frame is compromised and will need to be replaced. Ensure that the roof isn’t leaking down onto the window to rule out other possibilities.
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This article was provided by a Chicago window repair company, Apex Window Werks. The company specializes in home window repair, glass repair, window defogging and replacement services. Visit their website for more details.