Window damage can be caused by a variety of factors including age, broken seals, cracked outside trim, the wrong caulk used to seal the windows, etc. The type and age of the window often determine whether a repair is possible, or if a full replacement is necessary. If issues are not addressed, condensation, etc. can cause structural damage to the drywall, and can add to the replacement costs.
But damage to a window might not be as obvious as damage to other parts of your home. So how can you tell if your windows need to be repaired or replaced? There are some simple ways to test your windows to determine if they need further evaluation:
- The next time it’s windy outside, stand a foot or so away from your window. Do you feel a draft? That means that air is coming in when it shouldn’t, and it is definitely driving up your heating and cooling bills.
- Are there cracks? Even if you have double paned windows, if one is cracked that means that all the insulation is gone. You might also see condensation between the panes.
- Can you easily open and close the windows? This is especially important in your bedroom(s) as windows that don’t easily open can be a fire hazard.
- Is there any condensation on the window at all?
- Check the outside of your windows. Does your outside trim or sill feel spongy to the touch? On old wood windows that do not have exterior trim wrapped in aluminum there could be rot issues. This can compromise the window opening or get worse and cause mold and damage to the inside trim and house wall.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to have your windows evaluated by a professional. Allstate Roofing & More, LLC offers a free evaluation and can tell you if you need to think about repair or replacement.