As your double-hung or casement windows approach the end of their serviceable life, failures become a recurring problem. The tight seals are often the first to go, and when that happens, you can immediately feel the difference in terms of comfort levels and monthly energy consumption. Diagnosing this issue through the “feel test” isn’t enough. Rather, you’d be better off looking out for these red flags:
Drafts are usually caused by bad weather-stripping around the windows’ sashes. Seal failure, however, helps create small openings that allow outdoor air to enter your home. Gaps and cracks also provide points of entry for moisture to infiltrate your indoor spaces, promoting an environment where mold and mildew could thrive and cause health problems in your household.
Condensation appearing on the surfaces of your replacement windows is considered normal. It does look unsightly, but it’s not a cause for concern. Differences between outdoor and interior temperatures mean your existing windows are still keeping airtight seals. However, once they deteriorate, water droplets may soon form inside the glass panes. This issue is common in double-glazed window units and is an indication that they are no longer as energy-efficient as they used to be.
Distorted Window Panes
One of the most common symptoms of seal failure involves the warping of the window frames. The negative pressure left behind by the escaping gas fill from in between the panes can distort the glass surface, resulting in visible warping. You can determine if this is the case by wiping the surface with a clean, non-abrasive cloth. If the distortion persists, it’s time to invest in new window units.
Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City and Central Missouri is the window company you can trust for your window replacement needs. No matter the weather, you can expect our replacement window offerings to stand up well to the elements, thanks to the durable Fibrex® frames. Call (913) 385-1300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve homeowners in and around Kansas City, MO.