Thousands of homes here in New England were built using low-cost wood frame windows. If your home is more than 20 years old, chances are the window frames are made of wood. And that can spell trouble for you.
Aside from the lack of insulating properties and high maintenance requirements, wood windows can present many problems for a homeowner.
A wood window is subject to wood rot or insect infestation if not properly maintained. The design of some wood windows allow for moisture to be trapped. This combined with poor quality seals that break down can spell trouble. Unless meticulously maintained (painted and caulked regularly), wood windows may last less than 10 years when exposed to the harsh New England climate.
Look at the spacer bar in each of your windows. This is the narrow metal strip that separates the two panes of glass in your double pane window. If there are gaps between the window panes and the spacer bar, or the seals on the window are worn or cracked, you will almost certainly experience trapped moisture. The first sign of this fogging and condensation between the panes. This moisture is also hard at work rotting the frame from the inside.
Do your wood windows stick? Perhaps they are even “frozen” shut! This is another sign that moisture has penetrated the wood and swollen the frame.
From the outside look for rot spots at all the joints. Use a screwdriver to poke around for soft wood. Look for “depressions” in the surfaces. When it comes to wood rot, you need to act before the window frame fails and your home is open to wind and water infiltration.
Call Rescom. We will provide a free inspection and assessment of your windows, along with recommendations on repair or replacement.
For more information about upgrading your windows with energy efficient replacements, call us toll-free at (866) 410-5884. Or visit our web site at www.iwantnewwindows.com.