Imagine a world without windows! Windows play important roles in a home environment – from providing breathtaking views, to letting in warm, bright sunlight, to regulating air flow. That said, Home Improvement expert Troy Zdzieblowski has noticed that window repair and maintenance is often dismissed until it’s time to do a serious home remodel or repair. Do your windows need some love? Here are a few warning signs suggesting it’s time to replace the windows:
Signs It’s Time To Replace The Windows
Drafts and Cold Spots: Resealing or replacing drafty windows with a higher efficiency, double pane window can help alleviate cold spots in your home.
Rot: Moisture, both inside and out, can lead to deterioration around the windows. Is water penetrating the window frames? Do you see (or smell) rotten wood, old caulking, crumbling weather stripping, peeling paint, mold, or mildew?
Operation: Window hardware needs to function properly in order to provide your home with adequate ventilation. Do your windows open and close smoothly? Has the hardware rusted or broken? Have the windows been painted shut?
Warping: Time, moisture, and extreme temperatures can alter the shape of the window, which affects operation and prevents proper sealing.
Damaged Glass: If your windows are soiled or covered with debris, they may be hiding cracks that are preventing them from working properly. When windows “sweat,” mold can grow at bottom of window and compromise the wood and your home’s health.
Window Types: What is the best option for you?
Vinyl: According to Zdzieblowski, “Vinyl windows are the least expensive option and have great energy performance on day one. However, they tend to have a shorter lifespan due to lack of shape memory which causes warping and seal issues.”
Fiberglass: Fiberglass windows have shape memory, meaning they expand and contract with the changing weather and atmospheric pressures. This mid-range budget option has a long and sturdy lifespan. From Zdzieblowski, “A good analogy is to look at a fiberglass boat that has been on the river for 40 years; with a fresh coat of paint it will look brand new!”
Wood Clad: Typically, the most expensive, wood clad windows have either a fiberglass or aluminum exterior and a wood interior. This type of window is a great option for older or historic homes as they can match the era.
Aluminum: With a mid to high price range, aluminum windows looks best on more contemporary and modern homes.
A Cautionary Tale of Improper Window Installation
It doesn’t matter what type or how expensive the window – if it’s installed incorrectly, you will have problems. Zdzieblowski shares, “I was called out to a home to look at the windows because they were leaking, and water was coming into the house. The windows were only eight months old! Unfortunately for the homeowner, their warranty was nullified because the windows had been installed incorrectly.”
The homeowner had to purchase all new windows and hired Neil Kelly to install them to manufacturer standards which meant the homeowner received a lifetime warranty. Neil Kelly installs windows to manufacturer standards every time, guaranteed. If no manufacturer standard exists, Neil Kelly reverts to AAMA standards (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) to guarantee the highest level of quality installation.
Do you have windows that need to be repaired or replaced? Contact the experts today!