If your windows could speak, what would they say? Probably things like, “I need a new panel of insulated glass,” or “My weatherstripping needs to be fixed.” Or, something more troublesome could be, “I have extensive water damage that’s about to get worse.”
Though windows can’t actually say these things, there are certain window warning signs that property owners should look out for. With careful observation, these signs can be as clear as audible words.
Some window warning signs point to maintenance needs while others may tell you that it’s time to get window replacements. In this complete guide, we will cover various window warning signs and what to do about them.
1. Moisture and Fog Has Seeped Between The Window’s Glass
Do you notice condensation or fog forming in between the panels of your window’s glass? You will likely only see this if you have multi-glazed windows with two or more layers of glass. This kind of glass is known as insulated glass units or sealed glass.
A key component of insulated glass units is the primary and secondary seals that wrap the two (or more) sheets of glass that are positioned on a spacer. These seals are tight enough to keep argon or krypton gas in between in the glass to improve the glass’s insulation capabilities.
Over time, the seal can be breached and moisture will find its way inside the glass, condensing to form fog. The fogged glass will not only obstruct the view but also means the window is less effective at providing insulation for your home.
To deal with this issue, contact the original manufacturer and request a glass replacement. After the replacement, keep track of how long the glass remains fog-free. Too frequent replacements may signal the need to switch to better-quality windows.
2. The Window Is Due For Cleaning or Oiling
When windows become difficult to open and close, it could be a sign that the window is due for a cleaning and/or oiling.
For sliding windows, make sure that the track is free of debris and dust.
As for casement windows, awning windows, and other window types that swing out, inspect the hinge. If it is free of corrosion, it may just need some oiling. Corroded hardware, however, is a separate problem altogether, which we will discuss next.
3. The Hardware or Window Track Has Broken Down
If your window hardware is made of aluminum or ungalvanized steel, it is likely to have corrosion sooner than galvanized steel hardware. If corrosion strikes and causes some trouble with your window operation, you can try to replace the window’s hardware if parts are available. If you cannot find any in hardware stores, you can try contacting the manufacturer of your window.
In some cases, however, poor window operation happens not because of the tracks or hardware. There may be window warning signs rooted from the window frame itself.
4. The Wooden Window Frame Is Swollen
Wooden window frames are prone to swelling. It doesn’t have to be constantly exposed to rain for this to happen because it can also happen due to high humidity. When a wooden window frame swells, it makes opening and closing the window far more difficult.
Sanding down the sides could help a bit but this won’t permanently fix the problem and could even create small gaps through which drafts can come through.
5. The Window Frame is Water Damaged or Corroded
Difficult window operation is one of the window warning signs that can mean different things. So far, we’ve mentioned it could be because of debris, lack of oiling, or swelling.
In dire cases, however, difficult window operation can be because the frame has extensive water damage (e.g. warping, rotting) or corrosion. These are problems encountered in wooden windows and metallic windows respectively. If damages are extensive, it may be best to replace your window entirely instead of needing to do frequent fixes.
6. The Weatherstripping Is Worn Out
Are your windows more drafty lately? It could be because the weatherstripping is worn out. If your weatherstripping cracks or doesn’t compress as it should when you close the window, it’s best to have it replaced. Doing so will not only restore a comfortable temperature in your home but may also help lower your power bills.
7. The Window Cannot Keep Noise Out
Has there been more activity in your neighbourhood lately? Single-pane windows cannot keep out the noise as well as multi-pane windows can. After all, multi-pane windows have two or more sheets of glass, protecting you from outside noise. If you don’t have multi-pane windows for your home, it may be the best time to do so.
If, however, you have multi-pane glass windows and noise is getting through more than usual, then it may be a problem with the glass’s seal. Observe for signs of condensation to determine which glass to replace.
How To Get Maintenance-Free Windows
The reality is most windows need maintenance and repairs from time to time. However, among the various window frame materials used, 100% pure virgin UPVC is the only one resistant to fading, warping, and corrosion.
Another key attribute of low-maintenance windows is the hardware it uses. Make sure to look for windows that make use of corrosion-protected galvanized steel.
Last but not least, make sure to get your replacement windows from a window manufacturer with a proven track record. This way, you can be sure of the quality of the windows you’re getting.
Top-Notch Window Replacements By Clera
Here at Clera Windows + Doors, our customizable windows are made of 100% UPVC, making them virtually maintenance-free. Combined with galvanized steel hardware and sturdy glass panels that we manufacture ourselves, our top-notch windows will give you nothing to worry about.
Our windows are stylishly designed, energy-efficient, durable, and maintenance-free. They were designed to simply have it all, so you can enjoy it all. If you would like to learn more about what we can do for you, contact us today!