Replacement windows are an important investment. So, it is normal to expect them not to fail before their expected lifespan is up. But sometimes they do, and here are some of the major reasons why this happens.
Unusual Wear and Tear
Windows are part of your home’s exterior and exposed to all sorts of weather conditions. However, replacement windows that are not intended to be installed in certain climates can cause unusual wear and tear, which may result in premature failure. This is often the case when replacement windows are supplied by sources that are not aware of local conditions.
Window installation may look simple, but it requires skill, precision and know-how of every product’s installation requirements. Installation errors like misalignment, incorrect fit or improper application of caulk and foam insulation can result in leaks and premature wear. When looking for a replacement window contractor, it pays to make sure you’re hiring one that’s certified by the manufacturers of the windows that you’ve picked for your home.
There are quite a few people who mistake “low maintenance” for “no maintenance”. Don’t be one of them. Your windows need care like the rest of your home’s exterior. Regular cleaning and maintenance does more than just keep them looking good. It also helps prevent damage caused by grit caught between the window’s moving parts. Applying lubrication to the window hardware helps reduce friction that can cause premature wear.
If you’re looking into getting wood window frames and sashes, you have to take care not to expose the material underneath to high humidity. Signs of moisture damage include blistering, warping and rot, along with mold growth. Fortunately, high relative indoor humidity levels can be controlled using a dehumidifier. You should also make sure that sources of moisture, such as a damp basement or leaking roof, are addressed.
Up and Above Contractors is your leading provider of quality replacement windows and doors. Give us a call at (973) 300-0636. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Sussex, Morris and Warren counties, and surrounding communities in Northern New Jersey, including Sparta and Andover.