Window seal failure is a common problem many homeowners face. An effective seal, after all, is important for minimizing drafts and the escape of heat from your home. Understanding what causes it to fail is the initial step in knowing what to do to keep your windows properly sealed. High Performance Homes, one of the top local exterior house contractors, discusses more:
The Windows’ Age
Certain window seals don’t come with a lifetime guarantee, which is mostly the case in older windows. The older the method of weather protection, the more likely it is to fail. Replacing the worn-out weatherstripping is the best way to make sure the windows continue to function as intended.
Windows are designed to resist the effects of the elements. However, if the windows are installed in a home located in a place that receives rain for most of the year, expect their seals to degrade in time. Seeping water lifts the seal, opening your window to more air and moisture. Metal may rust and the wooden components may warp and rot. Before you proceed with your window installation project, make sure the replacement units are designed for the climate that you live in.
Window seals are usually near the home’s exterior, which means that they are often subject to temperature cycling. As the sun’s rays hit the window, the heat gets absorbed by the window material, causing it to expand. When the temperature drops at night, the window cools and draws in air and humidity. This puts the window seals under stress, leading to cracking, shrinking and sagging. The windows’ weather protection becomes less effective if this is not addressed.
For your window repair and replacement needs, turn to High Performance Homes. Our window products are the perfect marriage of performance and unbeatable warranty that reflects their quality. Learn more by calling (360) 342-9253 or filling out our contact form for a free, no-obligation consultation.