What are Your Windows Trying to Tell You?
Windows are an essential part of any building. They let natural light and fresh air in while keeping the wind, rain and noise out. Windows require a small amount of maintenance from time to time, and at some point, they will need to be replaced. There are signs to look out for – your windows have ways of letting you know they need attention. Here are six of the most common window problems that occur and are easily corrected:
If your windows are becoming difficult to open and close properly, they could simply need a thorough clean. The inside of window frames benefit from regular vacuuming and wiping to remove all the built-up dust and dirt. Climbing plants can sometimes grow into the frames from the outside – ivy, for example, has a habit of creeping into tiny gaps. Vines or leaves in the hinges can stop windows from opening and need to be removed. Once the frames are clean, the hinges and locks may work better after oiling. In many cases, these steps will solve the issues, but if they aren’t effective, there could be more going on.
Condensation on windows should be investigated further. If it’s visible on the inside on cold days, it is probably due to high humidity levels indoors. Opening the window for 20 minutes should help clear the condensation. If it happens regularly, make sure that the kitchen and bathrooms are adequately ventilated with a suitably powerful extractor fan. Think about using a dehumidifier to keep the moisture levels down during the winter months. Condensation or fogging between the panes of glass in double glazing is a sign that the seal is compromised. Seals can be repaired in some cases and glazing can be replaced, so ask a trusted company such as Benchmark Windows to suggest the best steps to take.
Pools Of Water
Pools of water building on window sills can be troubling. It could be a sign of excessive condensation that builds up and runs down to the sill. It could also be a leak in the structure of the window that allows rainwater inside. From the outside, a quick inspection of the caulk around the window frame where it joins the wall is necessary. Sometimes the seal perishes over time and the solution is to remove the old caulking and replace it. A leak could also be the result of a break in the frame meaning that a new window is required.
Discoloured frames and glass are a sign of ageing windows. If the frames are wooden, they can be rubbed down and repainted but with UPVC, it might mean they have come to the end of their life. Glass too can fall victim to weather conditions especially in more exposed areas. Commonly the best answer is to replace these windows which will make your property more attractive from outside and inside.
Have you started to notice more sound entering from the street than before? It’s a sign that the soundproofing quality of your windows has been compromised. This could be the seal or the frame, but either way, it means that you should have your windows checked. The insulation integrity will also be affected if noise is coming through and this should be addressed sooner rather than later.
Cracks In Windows
Cracks large or small in the glass could signal a number of things. It could be that the glazing is ageing and become more fragile or it could be that the frame is moving slightly. Cracks will make the windows less effective against the cold and soundproofing will be reduced. The security of the property could also be compromised.
Listen To The Warning Signs
Whatever changes you have noticed in your windows, don’t brush them aside and forget about them. Listen to the warning signs and investigate the causes. Problems could lead to property damage if left unmanaged, and raise energy bills if they reduce the effectiveness of insulation.
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