This fall, you need to take advantage of the pleasant weather to check your windows and doors for leaks. In doing this task, you prevent air and water from entering your home through the window or door gaps. Drafts and moisture affect your home’s comfort and energy efficiency levels, especially with the colder months just a few months away.
As your local source of custom windows, we’d like to share the things you need to know when it comes to inspecting for air and water leaks on windows and doors.
Visual Inspection of Your Windows and Doors
Window and door inspections usually begin from inside your home. Check if the curtains or drapes covering the closed windows move whenever the wind blows. If not, pull them back and examine the corners and edges of the frames if there’s daylight coming through from the outside. Do this before you get out of your home to inspect the windows’ exterior.
If there are indeed small gaps, see if the caulking on all sides of the windows is showing cracks or other forms of damage. Do the same for the area between the glass panes. Windows with damaged weatherstripping can leak air or water.
Fixing Leaking Windows
If you are asking yourself, “how can I replace my windows?” at this point, remember that window and door leaks can still be repaired. The corners and edges of the window exterior can be resealed with new caulk. It is usually done when outdoor conditions are over 45 degrees with low humidity. Applying new putty around the glass seals keeps everything in place.
However, if the windows or doors are past their life span and the extent of the damage is too much that simple repairs no longer work, it would make sense to just replace them altogether. At Renewal by Andersen® of Odessa/Midland, we specialize in installing high-quality replacement windows and doors. Our factory-trained crew has many years of experience, priding itself on a long history of excellence.
Whether you are looking for sliding windows or French doors, our design consultants are here to guide you in making the right selection for your home. Call (512) 368-4724 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.