It’s quite inevitable that homeowners would have to eventually bear minor repairing costs on their home especially for the areas that are more exposed to the weather, like our Windows. Recurrent exposure to the extreme temperature changes, humidity, and moisture result in an aging and leaking window which can actively and negatively affect things inside your home.
An aging and leaking window could not only make your home look old and outdated, it could even play a huge role in the overall energy consumption of your house and also allow moisture to seep into your home walls causing mold, rots, pest and other severe problems.
Aging and Leaking windows are a pure nuisance to any homeowner. Let’s understand how they could cause problems to your home.
Leaking Window = Hidden Damage
When a home has issues in the construction, most people prefer the quickest, cheapest, and easiest fix. People even place a high value on repairs, but potentially miss out on thinking that there could be a serious problem hiding beneath it. Sadly, leaking windows is one such underestimated problem.
It could be a small number of droplets collecting on that window sill or a bubbled patch of paint. But the scarier part is that a window could have a serious leak which you might be unaware of.
Are Your Windows Leaking?
Do you have a leaky window and you can’t spot it? Don’t worry you aren’t alone with this dilemma. Leaky windows are particularly common, but sometimes they can make it difficult for homeowners to spot exactly what the possible problem may be. A potential window leak can show up in a variety of ways:
- Water Seeping In All Around The Window – When it rains water seems to be pouring inside from top to bottom and from every angle and crevice around the windows.
- Water Amid Your Window Panes – Perhaps the leakage isn’t happening inside your house. Instead, you might notice water building up in between the panes of the windows.
- Water Leaking In Around The Top Of Your Window – When windows start to leak from the top, stains begin to appear on your walls. Such stains also indicate a possibility of leaks within the walls of your home.
- Water Damage On The Bottom Of The Frame – Brown stains appearing on the window frame is an indication of a possible window leak.
While these are just indications, the issues arising out of these could be extensive.
Leaky Window – What’s Causing Them?
Understanding why the window leaks are occurring is just as important as identifying them. We recognized 6 common errors which occur during window installations and can lead to possible window leaks –
1. Poor Installation And Insulation
Condensation can arise when the warm air inside a home mixes with the outside cold air. Condensation can be caused due to poor window installation or insulation. Another thing to note about condensation is that, making a home too airtight can also result in this problem. Ideally, a home needs to be designed with adequate openings which allow ventilation. Insufficient air movement can also result in condensation.
2. Complex Window Layouts
Bay windows, tall windows, and bow windows, today windows come in many unimaginable designs and shapes offering numerous aesthetic and functional benefits. But if they aren’t properly installed with the right sealants, flashings, or overhangs it could likely cause water penetrating inside.
3. Wrong, Missing Or Damaged Sealant
Gaps or cracks in the window sealant or caulk could be a foundation of air leaks in the windows. The damaged areas need to be identified and sealed. One can see some sealant (caulk) behind the mounting flange on the windows which might not be adequate. There should be an incessant bead of sealant behind the flange, also the same should ooze out of any unfilled nail holes.
4. Poor Flash Installation
Sometimes, stains forming on top of a window can be a result of poorly installed flashing. Poorly installed or damaged flashing could result in breaks in its surface which allow water to easily seep through. There should be a solid integration between the window, building paper, and the flashing to prevent water from penetrating into the walls.
5. Bad Glass Seal
Bad or worn out glass seal is another cause of leaking windows. Water collecting inside the window panes of double or triple paned windows could be a result of a worn out or bad glass seal. Well, this isn’t necessarily an indicator of water getting inside the home. But, a damaged or poor-quality seal could allow gas between the panes to escape, instigating the insulating properties of the window to weaken.
6. No Paint Seal
The exterior molding which keeps the window in place needs to be painted in such a way that it overlaps onto the pane. If an incessant membrane of paint from the molding onto the pane is not created it would fail in forming the waterproof seal which actually prevents moisture from getting through.
If left unaddressed these problems may result in the growth of molds and structural damage, like rust and rot and may cause many more severe problems.
How To Prevent Leaks?
The very first step to prevent window leaks from becoming a big problem is to begin from the start. It’s about getting the finest quality windows and the best installation services for the same. Make sure you work only with experienced and certified window installation contractors who offer warranties on their services.
Apart from installation, you should also ensure that your windows are weather resistant. Such properties include moisture-resistance materials, fusion-welded sub frames, and thick multi-chamber sub frame elements.
If you are considering reinstallation, take into consideration the different designs and styles. Also, your choice of leak resistant windows should be Energy Star rated for optimal energy efficiency, we will discuss energy-efficiency of windows right after this.
Energy Consumption During Warm Months
Every homeowner tries to save money on energy bills. Whether one tries to conserve water or tighten up their electricity usage, finding ways to lower monthly electricity bills is one long-term process and Windows play a pivotal role in it.
Did you know windows can make a huge variance in the temperature of your home throughout the warm and cold months?. Heat gain and heat loss through windows are accountable for nearly 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. Especially during the summer months when it begins to heat up, an aging or an energy inefficient window can fail in being able to maintain an optimal temperature inside the house, resulting in high energy use.
Windows play a major role in maintaining a home’s air seal. When a home is sealed correctly, the windows are much more effective at keeping drafts out so that the interiors are cooler in summers without having to use too much energy.
Additionally, a well-sealed home helps in keeping pollutants like dust, pollen and other types of allergens outside.
Energy Efficient Windows – Why Have Them?
Energy efficiency is one of the most important features to look at when considering new window installation or replacement. Below are few reasons that highlight how energy efficient windows could make a huge difference in your home.
- Save Money
Heating and air conditioning account for nearly 80% of the average homeowner’s energy bill. This percentage can rise with aged windows which actively allow heating and air to escape the house. By installing energy-efficient windows which feature UV blocking technology, expanding materials and thick double or triple paned glass, home owners can drastically improve your home’s insulation capabilities which result in lower energy bills.
- Comfortable Living
Summer temperatures can easily become absolutely unbearable. When your home has poor insulation and drafts, all the cooling efforts literally walk out of the window. With energy efficient windows one can reduce the amount of heat which enters in the form of UV rays and the amount of energy consumed to cool it.
- Protects Furnishings Inside
In addition to maintaining comfortable temperatures, the special UV ray-blocking coating feature provides a layer of protection to your home furnishings. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can in no time damage your beautiful rugs, carpeting, wood, fabrics, leather, and furniture, making them faded and dried out. Energy efficient windows block these harmful rays from entering your home and keep your furnishings undamaged.
- Increase Your Resale Value
Home hunters understand well the benefits associated with energy efficient windows, which is why they are always willing to pay extra for such homes that feature them.
- Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Last on this list yet the most important one, reduce your carbon footprint by going green with energy efficient windows. Yes, they are better for the environment, in fact, homes that install them can save nearly 1,006-6,205 pounds of C02 which is equivalent of 51 to 317 gallons of gasoline.
The more homeowners choose to go with energy efficient windows; the better off our world will be for forthcoming generations.
Going Green is the need of the hour!!!
Whether you need window replacement or new window installation make sure you study well before deciding to make your investment. Energy efficient windows have proven to help people reduce their energy consumption, which also reduces the strain they put on our nature reserves. It’s not just about the economic benefits, but it will also make you feel proud of the step taken to protect the environment at large.
Curated by editor at Wienerberger India