Catching window problems is hard only if you do not know what constitutes them. Failing to determine that your glass units are shot may cause you discomfort and increase your energy costs without even realizing that they are the culprits.
Since not all signs of window damage is obvious to the untrained eye, Renewal by Andersen® of Atlanta talks about the red flags to watch out for.
The Frames Are in Bad Shape
Structurally unsound frame members almost always require window replacement. After all, they keep the sashes in place and help seal the openings around the glass units.
The form of damage may vary from material to material. Wood develops rot while vinyl cracks. A good alternative to both of them is one that is immune to decay and has low thermal expansion and contraction rate like Fibrex® material.
The Panels Do Not Move Smoothly
A functional window should open and close with ease. In many cases, bad hardware is behind operability issues. This concern is common among dated double-hung units with a low-tech balance mechanism.
Without getting replacement windows in time, the problem units can slam shut and hurt an unsuspecting individual.
The Drafts Keep Coming in
Generally, operating units allow air infiltration but not to the point that it can be noticeable. When drafts their presence felt when the windows are closed, new weatherstripping may not be able to permanently fix the air leakage.
The Inside Surface of Panes Are Sweating
Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta attests that interior condensation is the ultimate evidence to replace double-pane units. This phenomenon happens when the seal trapping the insulating gas in the space between the panes has failed.
The Outdoor Noise Is Too Loud
Any window replacement contractor knows that the windows that usually do not abate noise simply lack the natural soundproofing properties of energy-efficient products. ENERGY STAR–certified windows help provide peace and quiet because they contain argon gas and feature airtight construction.
Invite Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta to your house to determine the overall condition of your aging windows. Call us at (888) 908-3332 or fill out our contact form to arrange a FREE in-home consultation. We serve clients in Atlanta.