Where To Look To Stop Drafts And Leaks
Having to replace windows and repair any surrounding damage can get pricey fast. All too often, improperly installed windows are only noticed when it is too late. If a window is improperly installed it can cause damage to the surrounding wall, increase heating costs, and is, let’s face it, downright annoying! Luckily for homeowners, there are a few warning signs that a window installation was done improperly.
What To Look For
First off, there are many little details you can notice if you just give your window a good once over.
If the window is not straight, or there are any gaps between the pane and the frame, it’s safe to assume something is wrong.
Other signs, such as wood rot or bubbling on the surrounding wall (pockets of air and water underneath the paint) are things that many people do not immediately associate with improper window installation. If a window is not set right, it will let moisture in, be it rain or everyday condensation. Moisture is a home’s worst enemy, so look out for any peeling or bubbling on the window frame and surrounding walls.
What It Means
Secondly, drafts are not only a nuisance, but they are also a clear indicator that your windows have been installed improperly. While it may be tricky to pinpoint a draft by feeling it breeze by, you can trust your ears to give you a heads up that something may be off. If air is squeezing in through an improperly installed window, you can hear that distinct high-pitch whistle or howl that is sure to follow.
Lastly, in today’s high-tech world, many windows feature heat repelling or retaining qualities that many homeowners spend good money on. If you find there is no difference in your home’s heat regulation, after installing energy-efficient windows, it may not be the result of poor window quality, but poor window installation. Energy-efficient windows only work if they are installed properly and tightly sealed, keeping all the wanted air in and unwanted air out.
What You Can Do
More often than not, improper window installation occurs when homeowners try to do it themselves in order to save money. Window installation should be left to the professionals, because it’s better to pay to get the job done right the first time instead of paying even more to repair the improperly installed window and any damage it may have caused.
If you notice one or all of the above mentioned warning signs, it should be attended to immediately in order to prevent any further damage.