You might not notice it, but your windows are talking to you. Surprisingly, they can have a lot to say. Just like certain symptoms let you know when you are ill and need treatment, windows can do the same. Here are some of the most common symptoms to watch for, what they mean, and how you can remedy the issue.
- Condensation Forms Inside along the Bottom
Do you see moisture constantly forming on the inside of the glass in the corners or along the bottom? This doesn’t mean you need replacement windows. Rather it means there is a high moisture level inside your home and not enough ventilation, a common occurrence in Bradenton, FL. But if condensation occurs, too much it could lead to mold or rotting. New houses are especially vulnerable, because builders make them so air tight. This is good for efficiency, but bad for moisture levels. To reduce humidity you can run your exhaust fans, open a window for a few minutes a day, or invest in a dehumidifier.
- Condensation Collecting Between the Panes
This means the seals between the panes of your windows have deteriorated or completely failed. During assembly manufacturers seal an inert gas between the panes of glass on your windows. It is colorless and odorless, but has more density than air and helps improve efficiency. But over time the seals can deteriorate or fail completely. The inert gas leaks out and air, often full of moisture, replaces it. The only way to correct this issue and restore the full function of your window is to get a new insert or replacement windows.
- Windows Feel Drafty
Air leaks are a huge problem if you are trying to save money on energy. If you feel a draft, or your air conditioning is working overtime trying to keep up, then you need to replace the weather-stripping or invest in new windows with a better energy rating. The lower the U-value, the less heat transfer your window allows.
- Water is Leaking around the Window
More intense storms can make almost any window leak. Hard winds or heavy rainfall can force water inside and it may end up in the track or won’t drain out. Hopefully this is just because your window isn’t closed tight. You can try applying the lock, which can form a tighter seal. But if the window is shut tight and water still gets inside, that is bad news, especially if water comes in through the top. This isn’t necessarily a window problem. Instead it is likely a roof or siding leak.
- Windows are Difficult to Operate
Usually this means one of two things, the mechanism has failed or the frame is warped. For example, double hung windows contain springs with tension that make windows easier to open and close. If the spring fails you have to rely on mere force. You can try adding a silicon lubricant to the track to see if that helps, or pay to replace the broken part. Casement windows also have mechanisms that may break down and need replacement. If the frame is the issue, which can happen with wood that expands and contracts, the fix isn’t so easy. You can try waiting for the temperature to change, or you can plane or sand the edges slightly to make more room, but if the warping is extensive you will need new windows.
If you are looking for high quality replacement windows in Bradenton, FL, contact Armored Dade Windows and Shutters. You can call 941-798-9010 or stop by 8112 Cortez Rd. West, Bradenton, FL. 34210.