Windows are a crucial part of any home. Not only do they give you a beautiful view of the outdoors, but they also help improve your home’s energy efficiency. However, this isn’t always the case due to window seal failure, a common problem homeowners face. Window seals play an important role in keeping the window gases intact, in turn keeping the cold or warm air inside. A defective window seal causes the air to escape, decreasing your home’s energy efficiency. But what causes window seal failure?
Aging Window Seals
Not all windows come with a lifetime guarantee, especially for older window models with dated features. Replacing the weatherstripping on your windows will help it continue to work effectively.
Our windows are designed to handle nature’s harsh elements. However, prolonged exposure to rain can cause your window seals to deteriorate. Over time, water seeps into the window seal, causing it to lift, letting in more air and water. The moisture buildup will cause the wood to rot, increase mold and cause metal to rust. Be sure to choose windows that are ready for your local climate.
Sudden Shift in Temperature
A sudden shift in the temperature or weather could result in your window seals failing. When sunlight hits a window, the heat trapped in the window expands and pushes out the air. During the evening, the temperature cools, letting in cold air and humidity. This cycle known as solar pumping puts stress on the window seals, causes moisture build-up and may require you to get new replacement windows if left untreated.
Normally, residential windows last from 15 to 20 years. However, if you notice that your windows are starting to fail after a few years, this may be the result of faulty installation or manufacturing. Sometimes, the sealant could be made out of crude material, or there might’ve been insufficient time to let the sealant cure.
Do you need a reliable window replacement company? Turn to Renewal by Andersen® of Northwest Ohio to take care of your window needs. Call us at (419) 931-6970, or fill out our free in-home consultation form. We serve the Toledo, OH, region.