Given their constant exposure to the harsh elements, your windows may sustain damage over time. This can lead to issues that can negatively affect their performance. Many homeowners, in fact, are concerned whether a windstorm can actually contribute to window seal failure and poor performance. Here’s what you need to know.
Can Strong Winds Lead to Window Seal Failure?
They can, but it is neither a direct nor an instant thing. Window seals can last long, but they’re not exactly permanent. Seal failure will eventually happen no matter the climate. The most common reason for this is a phenomenon called solar or thermal pumping. What happens is the inert gas between the glass of double-pane windows will expand when exposed to direct sunlight. This, in turn, leads to a daily cycling of pressures within the window unit.
Continuous thermal pumping will take its toll on your windows, causing extra strain on their seals. Cracks and gaps may develop, allowing air from the outside to infiltrate the space between the glass panes. This can cause that fog effect you’ll see on your windows. And when the window seals have deteriorated enough just when a windstorm occurs in your area? Then, it’s possible that those strong winds are “the straw that broke the camel’s back.” But here’s the good news: getting newer and better designed replacement windows can help prevent this.
What You Can Do
Just turn to Renewal by Andersen® of Northwest Ohio. We offer high-quality replacement windows that use Fibrex® composite for sashes and frames. This material combines the strength and insulating properties of wood with the low-maintenance value of vinyl. It will not crack, pit or corrode, allowing for windows that can maintain an airtight seal to prevent air leakage and significant energy loss. What’s more, our windows can reduce the potential of thermal pumping because they come with our advanced High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass, which lowers heat transmission and glare from direct sunlight.
Look no further than Renewal by Andersen of Northwest Ohio for all your windows replacement needs. With our high-quality options, you won’t have to worry as much about seal failure and poor window performance. We serve the areas in and around Toledo, OH. Call us today at (419) 931-6970, or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation. We’d love to hear from you!