You invest in your window replacement, therefore it is normal expectation for your windows not to fail before the expected end of their service lives. In this blog, Hunterdon Siding and Window Company explores the reasons why windows prematurely fail.
- Unusual Wear and Tear — Exterior components, including windows, are designed to withstand daily wear and tear. However, a standard replacement window may suffer premature failure when installed in climates with unusually high levels of wear and tear, such as salt air and hurricanes that are prevalent in coastal areas. Choosing a local contractor who offers materials made for the local climate can help minimize unusual wear and tear on your windows.
- Installation Errors — Window installation, and all manner of exterior renovations, for that matter, require skill to ensure proper installation. Mistakes during installation, such as wrong alignment, improper fit, or insufficient sealant around the frames, can result in leaks or premature wear and tear. One of the criteria you should look for in a window contractor, in addition to having factory-trained installers, is they should have warranty coverage for workmanship or installation.
- Neglect — Some homeowners confuse “low maintenance” with “no maintenance,” which often leads to neglected windows. While the occasional cleaning takes care of most maintenance requirements, other maintenance tasks, such as lubricating the hardware and checking the windows for leaks, are also important. Keeping up with your windows’ maintenance requirements will also help avoid voiding your warranty.
- High Humidity — Moisture is the natural enemy of wood and other building materials. This is one of the many reasons why you should take steps in controlling your home’s relative indoor humidity. Moisture can cause blistering, warping, and rot, as well as mold and mildew growth. Relative indoor humidity can be affected by sources of moisture such as leaky roofs, damp basements, and improper ventilation. In addition to directly addressing these problems, you can maintain balanced indoor humidity by investing in a whole-home humidifier/dehumidifier. There are certain models can be integrated into existing HVAC systems.