Windows are easily overlooked by Wisconsinites, until something goes wrong and a window breaks, threatening the comfort (and safety) of your home. How can homeowners tell when it’s time to get rid of old windows and invest in something new? These five window warning signs can help you stay two steps ahead of failing windows.
Window Warning Sign #1 – Swelling Wood
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if swelling and shrinking wood is the root of your window’s problems. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it might be time for a replacement window:
- Window catches when opening and closing
- Window is extremely difficult to open and close, or gets stuck in either position
- Window creaks when moving up and down
The changing seasons in Wisconsin result in fluctuating levels of air humidity, causing these window operational nightmares. Newer replacements from Tundraland like the popular vinyl variety are made from materials that can withstand temperature and humidity changes.
Window Warning Sign #2 – Condensation
Condensation is tricky because its location on the window can mean a variety of different things. For example, according to Popular Mechanics if condensation is forming in the corners or along the bottom of the glass, you may have a moisture issue and not a window issue. Here’s the type of condensation to look for:
- Condensation between panes of glass – This means air is coming inside due to failing window seals.
- Condensation on the inside center of the glass – This means gas is likely leaking from your double-pane, gas-filled window.
If one of these two conditions describes your window, a new, long-lasting replacement from Tundraland can provide the insulation and comfort you need in cooler months.
Window Warning Sign #3 – Drafts
Perhaps one of the most noticeable signs of a window on its last leg is a draft throughout the home or in a particular room. In the winter, you’ll notice a room gets colder, thanks to some frigid Wisconsin winter air seeping in. In the summer, a room with a drafty window will be warmer, allowing your AC cooled air to escape, or hot, humid air to leak in. If putting your hand near your window causes you to feel a slight breeze, it’s possible your sashes, weatherstripping or the window’s general fit is subject to blame. House Logic explains that these leaks are not only uncomfortable, but can run up your heating and cooling bills.
Window Warning Sign #4 – Leakage
Leaking water points to a seal that isn’t tight-fitting. If a snowstorm is blowing through your neighborhood and you’re finding moisture seeping in, a replacement can be a worthwhile investment to keep things dry and warm. If you’re finding a leak near the top of the window that persists even in dry weather, you may have a leak from a different source.
Window Warning Sign #5 – General Wear and Tear
Are you finding built up debris in your window tract? Or a crank handle that’s worn out to the point of disrepair? It’s time to take a step back and look at the overall condition of your window. Multiple points of wear and tear on a window aren’t just a mild inconvenience, but a maintenance-heavy piece of your home. Instead of investing in replacement parts, lubricants and coats of paint, new windows can serve as a more worthwhile investment in the long run. Tundraland offers a wide variety of options to match the look and feel of your home.
Can you recognize any of these window warning signs in your home? If you’re a resident living in Central, Southern or Northeast Wisconsin, set up a free consultation with an experienced Tundraland representative to get an expert opinion on improving the quality of your home.