Canadian weather is renown for being particularly threatening. Its harsh effects become apparent with any home inspection. Windows tend to take a brunt of the beating and damage ranges from water leakage to rotting and deterioration. Despite visible damage, homeowners aren’t always informed on the appropriate time for window repair. So, how do you know when it’s time to change or repair your window?
One of the primary signs of window damage is the presence of water droplets on the inside of the glass. This is usually indicative of defective seals on the windowpane allowing air to seep through the space between the glass. This damage is usually an outcome of outdoor temperatures. The constant rising and falling of the temperature triggers a corresponding contraction and expansion of air in the gap of the window. Hot air expands and the panes of the glass swell outward, cold air contracts and the pane goes inward. This tit for tat motion eventually places too much strain and wears the seal down. When your window seal is damaged, you can do an isolated repair where the seal is fixed. However, in instances of more severe damage, the whole window must be replaced.
Draft and Cold Air Leaks
When you observe cracks, stripping, and peeling, it is likely the case that gaps between the windows are allowing air to enter and cause damage. The solution to this issue includes sealing the gaps and repairing the stripping on the windowpane to enhance the physical appearance.
The rotting of any material is generally a telling sign of damage. Windows are no different. Wooden windows in particular, may have cracks and rotted frames deriving from severe weather. While some people choose a more cost-effective option and repair rot damage by peeling the paint and repainting the wood, where rotting is concerned, it’s always in the client’s best interest to replace the window completely to protect against further and unforeseeable damage.
Difficulty opening and shutting
Stubborn windows imply imbalances deriving from swelling and humidity, broken hardware, dirt build-up or painted-shut sashes. In instances of swelling, sanding or planning the window can alleviate the challenge. In matters of dirt or junk build up, the application of compressed air should relieve the tension in opening and closing the window. Additionally, adding a dry lubricant to the hinges can create a more fluid open-close motion. Where broken hardware is the factor, it is best to seek a second and professional opinion to determine the most accurate course of action.
Check your windows regularly to ensure they are effective. If you do spot damages, contact your window expert to optimize the correct diagnosis and treatment in your best interest.