Signs Your Windows Need a Replacement
Imagine a world having no windows! Windows play a crucial role in a home environment and do everything from providing breathtaking views to letting in bright, warm sunlight or regulating the air flow. At Handyman Connection of Pasadena, our home improvement experts, have noticed that maintenance and window repair is often ignored until the time comes when your home requires serious repair or remodeling. Do your windows require some pampering?
Following are a few warning signs which indicate that your windows are in need of a replacement.
Cold Spots and Drafts:
Replacing and resealing drafty windows with a double pane window which has higher efficiency can help in alleviating cold spots in your house.
Moisture, both interior and exterior can lead to deterioration around the windows. Is there water penetrating through your window frames? Do you smell or see old caulking, peeling paint, rotten wood, mildew, crumbling weather stripping or mold?
Window hardware has to function properly in order to keep your home well ventilated. Do your windows close and open smoothly? Is the hardware broken or rusted? Are the windows painted shut?
Extreme temperatures, moisture and time can change the shape of the window which can affect its operation and prevent proper sealing.
If your windows are covered and soiled with debris, there is a possibility that they are hiding cracks which prevent them from functioning properly. When windows “sweat”, mold can grow beneath the window and affect the wood and the health of your home.
Types of Windows: Which Is the best for You?
Vinyl: “Vinyl windows are the least expensive option and have great energy performance from day one. However, they tend to have a shorter lifespan due to lack of shape memory which causes warping and seal issues.”
Fiberglass: Fiberglass windows have shape memory which means that they contract and expand with the changing atmospheric pressures and weather. This average budget option has a sturdy and long lifespan. “A good analogy is to look at a fiberglass boat that has been on the river for 40 years; with a fresh coat of paint it will look brand new!”
Wood Clad: Usually, the most expensive wood clad windows have either an aluminum or fiberglass exterior and a wooden interior. This type of window is an excellent option for historic or older homes as they can match the era.
Aluminum: With a medium to high price range, aluminum windows are best suited on modern and the more contemporary homes.
A Cautionary Tale of Unprofessional Window Installation
It does not matter how expensive the window is or what type of window you have purchased. If it is not installed properly you will face problems. There was an instance where our experts at Handyman Connection of Pasadena were called out to a home in Pasadena, 91105 to look at the windows because they were leaking, and water was coming into the house. The windows were only eight months old! Unfortunately for the homeowner, their warranty was nullified because the windows had been installed incorrectly.
The homeowner had to buy all new windows and hired Handyman Connection of Pasadena to reinstall them to the standards of the manufacturer which means to serve the homeowner a lifetime warranty.
Thus, he says that the importance of a properly installed window cannot be stressed enough.
Want to get your windows replaced? Contact Handyman Connection, Pasadena. We provide handyman and remodeling services for the exterior and interior projects of homeowners. You can always call us at 626-744-0402 and request your free estimate whatever your project may be.