A home is meant to provide sanctuary from the cold and other unforgiving effects of mother nature, with multiple features of the house all playing a part in keeping the outside world at bay. Damage to just one of these elements—such as the windows—can quickly spell trouble, as it compromises the safety and comfort of the whole house. Below are some of the most common causes of home window damage and the steps you can take to prevent them.
Improper installation is perhaps one of the most common causes of home window damage. If a window is installed improperly it will be at a higher risk of damage in the future and will likely deteriorate faster than a window that has been installed correctly. An improperly installed window will sit incorrectly in the wall, which can lead to more serious structural issues, leaks, and cracks in the frame. Additionally, an incorrectly installed window will leave cracks between the window frame and the wall. This gives drafts, water, and small pests the opportunity to enter your home—all of which can cause even more damage. In order to ensure proper window insulation or to schedule the installation of replacement vinyl windows in Colorado Springs, contact our team at The Window Source of the Rockies.
Weather comes in all shapes and sizes, each posing a unique threat to the structural integrity of your home’s windows. Rain and humidity are the most common causes of window weather damage. The water and moisture can cause the window frame to grow mold and eventually rot away from the house. As this happens, water is better able to enter your home and can cause damage to your home’s interior. Wind is also a common cause of window damage and is particularly detrimental in areas prone to tornadoes. When coupled with hail or heavy rains, strong winds can crack window glass, causing drafts to enter the home. In areas with particularly strong winds, the glass may even shatter completely.
As with any item, your home’s windows will deteriorate over time. As your windows age, they will become less structurally sound and will be at a higher risk of developing cracks. Frequency of use will also impact the structural integrity of your windows. The more often you open and close a window, the more quickly it will start to show signs of damage—and the more significant these damages are likely to be. Regularly assessing for damage—even in the form of minor, hairline cracks—will help reduce the risk of more costly damages in the future.