While we seldom openly admit it, home window problems do not sneak up on us – unless there’s an accident or a break-in. Think about one of the most common problems with house windows, condensation. It doesn’t happen overnight. Think about the window framing. It doesn’t rot over the weekend.
What’s the point of that? To point out that some problems can be prevented and some problems can be fixed before they get out of hand. Why is this important? For obvious reasons and primarily, security.
Don’t forget that windows play various roles. They don’t only allow you to air the house; they don’t only bring natural light in, but they also secure the home and provide energy efficiency while at the same time, they are exposed to the elements. It’s bound that they’ll be some problems here and there.
Which are the most common problems with home windows? We are about to tell you.
Windows won’t close
Sliding windows may not close if their track is damaged, loosened, or filthy. Casement windows may not close if their mechanism is broken or just worn. This is a considerable problem since it affects home security. Who would leave the ground floor window open and go to bed? And then, who would be okay with this problem in a rainy day? If the window cannot close, you can’t go anywhere, you can’t relax, you can’t protect your home. The good news is that most of these problems can be fixed.
Windows won’t open all the way
You have the same concerns when the windows don’t open all the way. Even if you don’t mind just cracking the window open, the fact that you cannot open it entirely indicates a serious problem. The reasons for such problems are similar – if not the same, with the reasons for the window not closing. Problems with components, like the tracks, the mechanism, the sill, the jamb, may keep the window from opening (and closing).
How do you know there’s window condensation? You will notice the glass getting foggy. This happens when the seals of the glass panes fail. Then, moisture finds its way in-between panes, creating this cloud which actually marks the end of the window’s lifespan – at least in most cases.
That’s a major problem, how? It compromises the home’s energy efficiency. Your HVAC system will work harder to keep the right temps and so, you will pay more – without having the required insulation. As if this wasn’t enough, there might be water leak.
Such problems cannot be fixed – at least, not effectively, in most cases. They also happen when the quality of the window is not the best ever and/or the window installation service is not properly done. The best thing you can do is replace the window.
Damaged window frame
It’s hardly surprising that many people prefer to get windows with aluminum, composite, or vinyl frame. No matter how beautiful, wood rots, warps, gets distorted.
Additional problems may have to do with the caulking around the window. A broken window sealant and damaged flashing will most likely lead to water leaks.
The good news is that such problems can be fixed, unless the window is already too old and often creates problems. In this case, it’s best to search for window installers instead of repairmen.
Things to know about window problems
It’s important to remember that window problems happen for various reasons – bad window installation, wear, etc. How fast they wear and cause problems also depends on the quality of the window and its components, their maintenance, the location’s weather conditions, the home’s direction and thus, exposure to the elements.
And one last thing. Don’t forget that not all windows are the same. Casement windows don’t share the exact same problems with double-hung or fixed windows. So, take all that into account to be able to detect window problems – or even prevent them.