Leaking windows are never a good thing. From improper installation to worn parts, there are many reasons why your windows could be leaking. This can be very frustrating for homeowners, who may scratch their heads over what could be wrong. Most window leaks are caused by a breakdown of sealing components.
But whatever the cause, leaks can result in costly damage to your home, inviting mold and mildew growth, wood rot, or even foundation and other structural issues. It’s imperative to address leaky windows immediately. Leaving them unchecked can increase the amount of damage you’re causing both to the windows and the surrounding areas.
Your window installation professional can provide a free inspection to see whether the problem can be repaired or you need a whole new window.
Common Window Leak Causes
Check out the most common causes of leaky windows and where the leaks could be originating from.
- Moisture when not raining: You may think you have a leak when you see a buildup of moisture on your panes, which can be doubly frustrating when it hasn’t even been raining! However, the moisture you’re seeing in this case is likely window condensation and nothing more.
- Improper glass seal: If you notice water accumulating between the panes of glass, this signals a bad glass seal, meaning your window has lost its insulating gas. This renders it much less energy-efficient than when first installed.
- Worn window sealant: When you notice worn caulking around the window, featuring cracks or gaps, you’ll have to simply re-caulk the area and monitor how well it holds up during the next rain storm.
- Wall leaks: If you see stains at the top part of the window frame, the leak could actually be coming from your walls. Check out your walls for gaps or cracks and seal them again to prevent this situation from happening again.
Window Leak Prevention Tips
The best and easiest way to prevent window leakage is to make sure they are installed correctly from the beginning. This is why you need to hire a certified and experienced window replacement contractor.
Look for replacement windows with exceptional weather resistance features. If you simply need more caulking, be sure to use a high-grade polyurethane caulk to close up all gaps between the trim and siding.
Consider window replacement. Often times, when windows are old, were improperly installed, or have been repeatedly repaired, they simply have come to the end of their useful life.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
If your windows have been leaking and you’ve tried everything to no avail, you may need replacement windows. Please contact Rescom Exteriors at 508-832-5202 or fill out our online form for a free estimate. Check out our window gallery on our website for ideas.