Usually, we don’t think about our windows until it’s time to clean them, they leak, or it’s time to replace them. There may be a variety of reasons why windows leak that have little to do with your actual window. Window life depends on various factors including environmental, window maintenance, window material, and the brand of window that you have. If you have doubts about the integrity of your windows now is the perfect time to partner with a reputable window partner to see if you may need a new window or just some simple fixes to extend the life of your window.
“Years of use can wear out windows in many ways,” says Ben Klok, window sales manager at Zeeland Lumber & Supply… “The exposure to the elements especially here in the Midwest with our extreme temperatures can cause windows to wear out.”
Generally, there are some clear signs that your windows may require replacing:
- They show wear and tear. Over time windows will slowly show wear. For example, wood windows can become warped from exposure to moisture or excessive light. This may make the window too tight to operate correctly in some places while creating gaps in other areas.
- You consistently have difficulty shutting or opening your windows. Windows should glide open and close with ease. If you need to force them open and shut you may want to have a professional look at them. “When the balance fails, the window will no longer remain up when opened and can slam shut, posing a potential hazard,” says Klok.
- Escaping air dramatically reduces the energy efficiency of your home, and newer windows can help to eliminate this problem.
- There’s condensation inside the glass (of double- or triple-paned windows). If you have double- or triple-paned windows and notice condensation or fog inside the glass, you might need to replace the glass. Condensation and fog between the glass panels can indicate seal failure. When the seal fails, moisture can enter the space between the panes of glass. When this happens, the insulated glass is no longer doing its job – which is to create a barrier to cold air. If you see condensation on the inside of your windows, it may just be the humidity of your home, or it could be your windows.
- Your furniture, carpet, drapes or artwork is fading. Ultraviolet rays entering through windows and patio doors can lead to the fading of furniture, carpet, window treatments, and artwork. These and other materials, especially ones with organic fabrics, are susceptible to fading when exposed to sunlight. Upgrading your windows to more energy efficient products can potentially reduce fading and extend the life of your personal and household items. Andersen® windows are available with SmartSun™ glass, which blocks 95 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays that can cause fading.
What to Consider When Buying Windows:
The most common materials used for windows are vinyl, clad-wood, and wood aluminum. The sky’s the limit when it comes to windows. Your choice depends on what factors are most important to you and how much of an investment that you are willing to make for new windows.
- Vinyl – A durable plastic material that is used for its durability, energy efficiency, and ability to stand up to the elements. It is low cost, low maintenance, and the most common window in homes.
- Wood –Clad – Like a coat of armor, the cladding is a durable layer of metal or vinyl on wood, providing extra protection and low maintenance benefits with no exterior painting required.
- Aluminum – A lightweight and durable material that is a cost-effective alternative to wood. This material is corrosion-resistant and performs well in most climates.
- Low-E Glass – A coating designed to reflect infrared light, keeps heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. Low-E also reflects ultraviolet light to protect interior furnishings. Dual glass panes insulate much better than single panes.
After doing some research on what type of windows that appeal to you it’s time to stop into a reputable business like Zeeland Lumber & Supply to pick out your windows. There are a variety of factors to consider such as what style window will best suit your home. Awning, bay, bow, casement, double-hung, fixed, garden, single-hung, or sliding are all popular. Windows are available in many shapes, sizes, and combinations. Some of this is determined by your budget and the curb appeal that you desire.
Some other factors you may want to consider include privacy, sound control, home safety and issues such as moisture or termites. Different window options work to help control these factors. Don’t forget that warranties are essential: proper installation and following the manufacturer’s specific maintenance requirements are a must to maintain warranties and keep windows looking and performing beautifully for years to come.
“It’s a sound idea to have an experienced professional install your new windows. A wide variety of problems occur due to poor installation which may even void your window warranty” Says Klok. Zeeland Lumber & Supply has been building dreams for over 70 years. We have the skills, knowledge, reputation, and deliver customer excellence in everything that we do. Call us for your next project or visit us online at www.zeelandlumber.com.