While you might not pay much mind to the windows in your home, they actually have a lot to do with the comfort and temperature of your space. Windows aren’t often the subject of discussion, at least not until they present a homeowner with problems. If your home isn’t as cozy as it should be, consider looking for these five common window problems to address and remedy the issue.
Drafty windows can greatly diminish the comfort of your home by letting the outside elements inside, and vice-versa. They can also cause your heating and cooling costs to inflate, especially during the hot days of summer and the frigid days of winter.
Replacing the weather stripping or caulking up the drafty windows can work to rectify this issue but know that it will only be a Band-Aid. In the end, you will benefit greatly from replacing any faulty windows outright.
Damaged Window Frames
Extreme temperatures can wreak havoc on wooden window frames, which over time can result in cracking, splitting and warping – or even rotting of the wood. This contributes to that drafty feeling that you might get whenever you walk by the window, but that’s not all. When this happens, moisture can become trapped in the frame and facilitate the growth of mold – which can make you and your family sick.
Windows that have experienced this type of damage should be replaced immediately. The issue will not rectify itself and will only worsen as the months and years go on.
Are you experiencing condensation on your windows? This points to a problem with the seals that lie between the panes of glass. This drastically impacts the insulating properties of your window and can drive your energy bills through the roof.
While there are a number of guides online to help homeowners take a DIY approach to the issue, they cannot completely repair this issue. Your best bet is to purchase new windows from a company that offers a guarantee on their seals.
If your window isn’t staying closed or open, or it isn’t locking, this may be a matter as simple as replacing the hardware on your window. Check the sash support system, the lock and (if applicable) the crank that opens the window. Replacing these items can be very easy and take relatively little time.
If you would like to open your window but can’t because the screen isn’t functional, this is an easy repair that takes very little time to have fixed. In fact, you might not even have to replace the entire screen, but just the mesh portion, if the frame is still intact!
These are only five of the most common reasons people have their windows serviced. If your window isn’t experiencing any of these issues but still isn’t functioning as well as it should, refer to the professionals as soon as possible.