With the holidays behind us and a new year on the calendar, it’s a great time to start thinking about home improvement projects you want to take on this spring. Spring is an ideal season for replacing outdated windows and updating your home. With warmer weather and summer on the horizon, updating your windows now means you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy those beautiful views this spring. It also means you’ll be able to get the most value out of the lower energy bills you’ll most likely see when you save money on your heating and cooling costs.
At Window World Twin Cities, our home improvement contractors specialize in replacement windows that add value to your home. In this blog entry, we’ll talk about the types of invisible window damage you can’t see and how our replacement window contractors can help.
Updating Your Windows
When it comes to home maintenance, most homeowners tend to focus on what’s most visible. In many cases, this means they end up replacing a home’s more visible windows without thinking about the types of damage you can’t see. When you think of window damage, you might think about debris causing a window to break.
But instant window damage only accounts for a fraction of the window problems we encounter as window installation pros. Most windows accrue incremental damage over the course of many years, and what begins as minor damage can end up adding up exponentially over time. Some of the more insidious types of window damage can increase your energy costs and interfere with comfort levels while threatening your family’s health.
Look out for these types of invisible window damage:
1. Degradation to Window Siding- Even the most durable windows will experience natural wear and tear over the years. The biggest source of siding damage is water and moisture infiltration into the materials. Even when you keep your windows closed all the time, water can infiltrate those materials and cause damage little by little.
This damages the siding on a window, causing it to decay or corrode, adding up incrementally and causing even more water to leak in. This vicious cycle will eventually wear down your window edges, and chances are you won’t realize there’s a problem until you’re faced with water damage inside your home. This can cause damage to your walls, paint, sheetrock, and paneling while providing a cozy environment for mildew and mold to proliferate.
2. Weatherstripping Damage- Loose weatherstripping is an oft-overlooked type of window damage that can directly impair your window’s ability to prevent air infiltration. A high-performance window will prevent air from passing through from the interior to exterior and vice versa. However, loose weatherstripping is a natural side effect of time, and weatherstripping problems directly link to poor insulation.
Weatherstripping near your window sash that ends up missing large pieces or peeling needs to be replaced. Signs of weatherstripping damage include increased condensation on your windows and strong drafts near the vicinity of a window. All of these add up to a failure in your window’s ability to insulate your home.
3. Mold and Mildew Growth- No one likes to imagine unwanted biological elements growing in their homes and infiltrating their air. The combination of water and humidity create an inviting place for mold and mildew to take up residence. Mold can cause serious damage in a home and degrade your window’s performance, but the health risks are a bigger concern for most homeowners.
Mold proliferation usually occurs when a good deal of moisture is allowed to accumulate in or around a window. Even if you’re careful, you can only do some much to prevent mold when your windows are older and it’s been a particularly humid season. Poor window installation is another leading cause of mold and mildew.
Looking for Signs of Damage
If you suspect there are signs of damage within your home, there are a few simple steps you can take to check for problems. Begin by looking around your window’s exterior seals. Poor window seals usually indicate either unseen mold growth or the potential for it to occur. Next, assess your windows and the surrounding area for moisture infiltration. If there’s water anywhere near the window, that window should be replaced right away. You should also check all of your home’s patio doors or entry door for any signs of problems.
Examine your window for all of the following:
● Abrasions, scrapes, and damage to the glass
● Siding damage
● Seal damage
● Outdated appearance
● Problems closing
Contact Our Experts for Your Twin Cities Replacement Windows
As you’re making out your spring to-do list, don’t overlook your home’s windows. At Window World Twin Cities, we offer a wide range of replacement windows, patio doors, and entry doors to lower your energy costs and create a more beautiful interior. Address minor window damage early to prevent more expensive interior damage later on down the road and add to your home’s curb appeal while creating a stunning exterior view.
To check out options for your home, visit our Window World Design Center online tool or check out our Window Showcase. To connect with a member of our Window World Twin Cities team at 651.770.5570, or contact our window installation experts to discuss your replacement window concerns.
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