Windows are the eyes of a home. They give a good view of the outdoors, and they allow light to shine through. Windows set the ambiance of any place because of these reasons. They also have a lot of practical uses, such as providing ventilation and helping cut down electricity costs. Poor window installation, selection and care, however, will undermine all these uses.
That being said, proper selection, installation, and care of windows are important. You need to have the right kind and size of windows for any particular ambiance that you are going for in your home. Proper maintenance is also needed. But most importantly, these windows need to be installed correctly.
7 Warning Signs of Poor Window Installation
You may want to check your windows at home for any signs of poor window installation. Checking for any of these signs will help you make sure that you gain the benefits of having correctly-installed windows.
The window panes get jammed.
Window panes are supposed to open and close smoothly. If they give you a hard time, then it may be a sign of damage to any of the window’s mechanical parts. Common suspects are rusted hinges, chipped frames or panes, or improper installation of the window itself. If it’s the latter, then make sure that you correctly install the window as soon as you can. Poor window installation can lead to more problems later on.
There are leaks.
Windows are supposed to keep the bad stuff out of the house, and the good stuff in. If anything from the outdoors like water or snow get in through the windows even if they are closed, then beware. That’s a definite sign of an improperly-working window. This could be due to poor window installation.
Make sure your furniture, appliances, and belongings are safe from the outdoors. Always check your windows for leaks!
They make sounds that they shouldn’t make.
Unless you like the sound of slamming glass, windows just normally open and close quietly as they should. But if they make sounds – loud squeaks or creaks that make it seem like the pane is straining – have them checked. Strange sounds when being opened or closed are telltale signs of either damaged window frames or poor window installation.
Why does it matter though, if they’re just a sound? This is usually a sign of the window being strained, and may lead to further damage or breakage. Just oiling the frame or hinge sometimes helps. Make sure that the window is correctly installed if it doesn’t.
They feel unusually fragile.
No one would add very fragile installations in their home on purpose. Windows are no exception. Windows are sturdier than most people think. They are designed to withstand damage from regular, every day opening and closing. If your window feels unusually fragile though, have it checked. Some signs include excessive wobbling, small cracks or chips in the frame, and unusually loose hinges.
Try to get to the root of the problem and check the hinges and frame for damage. These can be the results of poor window installation.
The parts are gradually displaced.
It’s a sign of poor installation if the window frame, hinges, or pane seem to move over time. Checking for this is important. Many older houses normally do have windows that eventually become displaced from their original positions, but not by much. If you have windows that are largely new, then the displacement could also be due to improper installation.
There are molds, mildew, and strange discolorations.
Aside from looking particularly disgusting, molds and mildew are not too much of a problem. These growths, however, are often a sign of another underlying problem – leaks. If there are moldy growths in areas near your window (but are not supposed to be moist), then check if your window has a leak.
Remember that the longer the leak is there, the higher more mold and mildew will grow! Aside from these, you also wouldn’t want moisture from damaging any of your belongings, right?
The frame juts out.
If your window frame or pane juts out on any of the sides, then it’s surely a sign of poor window installation. The window itself is supposed to fit perfectly into the holes of your home’s walls. If they don’t, then leaks, damage, and breakage are a lot more likely to occur. Make sure that you have it fixed as soon as you can.
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If your home has poorly installed windows, or if you want to properly install windows into your new home, contact us! Glass King provides services like window replacement, repairs, and installations for both commercial and home purposes.
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