Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
Your home's windows play a crucial role in both insulation your home and it's aesthetic appeal. With them being exposed to the weather, they have the potential to become damaged over the years, which eventually requires them to be replaced. If a window is worn down, it can cause many problems in your home that range from a less energy efficient home to more outside noise getting inside. Here are some things to look for to determine if window replacement is necessary.
The biggest sign of wear and tear will be the glass, since it will be easy to identify stress or physical damage that the glass has. It doesn't necessarily have to be large cracks that are very noticeable. Glass chips and dents should also be a concern, as well as if the glass has shifted in the frame. It means the window's structural integrity has been compromised, and it's possible for more damage to occur.
The window's frame can be a way for moisture to get into your house. If you ignore a problem for too long, you could have mold growing in your home, which is a huge hazard to your health. Vinyl and wood window frames can crack from becoming too brittle. An aluminum window frame can be dented fairly easily and let moisture in. Anything that creates a gap that lets air into your home is a reason to be concerned. You could feel these gaps on a cold winter day by just placing your hand around the frame and feeling the cold air.
The Energy Bills
Sometimes the damage to the window frame is not visible, but it is still there. You'll notice it in the form of higher energy bills in your home. If hot air is leaking out of your home in the winter, or cool air leaking out in the summer, your furnace or air conditioner will need to work harder than normal to do its job. It's the reason why your energy bills are slowly increasing over the years and you are not sure why.
You may also notice that you are hearing more noise in your home from outside. Double and triple pane glass can do a great job at reducing noise, but cracks in the window frame will cause those sounds to easily come through. If you live on a quiet street, this may not be noticeable, but those that live next to freeways or busy roads will definitely hear the difference.
When you are experiencing a combination of these problems, a local window contractor can help you with replacing your old windows. Contact a company like Southland Exteriors LLC to get started.