The quality of your windows can make a huge difference in your daily life at home. Not only do replacement windows add to the overall aesthetic of a home, they also play a large role in safety when it comes to protecting your home from the outside elements. As a homeowner, it is important to know the signs of when windows have not been installed properly or when they need to be replaced to avoid worsening conditions. Here are a few warning signs that may be an indication that it’s time to purchase replacement windows or doors.
The most common reason to replace your windows is energy loss. Older windows don’t have today’s advanced insulation and energy-efficiency ratings, and often have deteriorated over the years—ultimately causing energy loss and higher energy bills. It’s not just about the window product itself though, make sure your window company follows proper installation procedures to meet Florida’s strict building codes. Investing in new energy-efficient windows and being confident with the installation will make all the difference in the long run.
Water Intrusion / Water Damage
Water intrusion and damage is a problem that cannot be ignored. Any type of water or moisture damage will have the potential to cause a plethora of additional consequences in your home. Stains and discoloration, pooling water, and mold growth are just a few of the nasty results that may come from improper window installation or old, leaky windows. Recognizing these issues and getting the proper window replacement will save your home from any future dilemmas.
Windows that have been installed properly will not give you any trouble when opening or closing. The windows should be level, plumb and adequately framed and caulked. Dealing with difficulty opening or closing your windows is an unnecessary inconvenience that no homeowner should have to deal with. Sometimes your current windows can be repaired in order to fix minor problems, but if the window is several years old it can be more cost efficient to replace the entire window. Be sure to discuss the options with your window company.