Not all window damage is obvious. Sometimes windows fail to provide the proper noise reduction, something you may not readily notice because you’ve grown accustomed to it. Other times, you may have mold or humidity problems throughout your house but aren’t aware that they stem from damaged windows.
Here we’ll outline some telltale signs that may mean your windows are damaged and are in need of replacement.
- Your windows look dirty or there appears to be moisture inside them that looks like “fog” or condensation: This is usually a sign that the seal has been broken between the panes of your windows. You could replace just the glass, but these days, it’s easier and more cost efficient to just replace the whole window.
- You have mold, mildew, and humidity problems in your home: Older windows aren’t as efficient at balancing the humidity levels in your home. When moisture and condensation build up continually, this can lead to the growth of mold and mildew.
- Outdoor noises are unusually loud: Today’s windows are made with noise absorption in mind, reducing outside noises such as traffic and lawn mowers.
- Your house is drafty or temperatures fluctuate based on exterior temperatures: If you feel drafts, particularly as you walk by windows and doors, or you just can’t seem to keep a consistent temperature level in the home, your windows could be to blame. Drafts are a big problem with old windows. New windows will provide a tighter seal and ensure your home is more energy efficient.
- You notice light through cracks around the frame of the window: This indicates your windows were either initially not installed correctly or that your windows are so old that they are failing to provide a tight seal. This happens over many years, as houses can continue to settle for up to 10 years after construction. You could caulk the gaps but if you have already done this several times, it’s time for a whole new window.
- Your windows are difficult to operate or stick when you try to open and close them: This could simply indicate a buildup of dust, dirt, and debris which is causing friction when opening and closing. Try cleaning the window thoroughly to see if that helps. If not, the window could be warped and need replacement.
- You live in an older home and thus, the windows are old as well: The lifespan of most windows is about 20 years. If your home was built decades ago and you can’t remember ever switching out the windows, now is the time.
- Your home was built in a new development: This can be an indicator that your windows are “builder grade,” which is a very low quality window often used when new home developments are built to conserve costs by builders.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
Are you experiencing any of these problems? Your windows could be to blame. Contact us today at 508-832-5202 to book your free estimate and consultation.