When you use a professional company with a good reputation, you know that your replacement windows will be high-quality. That is because the company will use reputable service providers and have a transparent and client-focused process.
Unfortunately, not all companies are created equal, and you may have had windows installed that leave much to be desired.
There are some common and apparent signs of poorly installed replacement windows, so if you notice any of these in your home, you may need to call in the professionals.
Water Damage and Drafts
Your windows are a system made up of many parts that help make your home safe and well-insulated. For example, if you notice a cold draft coming from your window, it means that it doesn’t seal properly which is affecting the energy efficiency of your home.
If there is a gap for air it means that your window is also vulnerable to moisture damage. If you notice wet spots, chips, or bubbling paint on your window frames, you may have a moisture issue.
A bit of peeling paint may not seem like a big deal, but if that moisture damages your window frame, it can lead to rotting, warping, mold, and a full-frame window replacement. With St. Louis wet winters and summer storms, you want a window that can hold up to the elements.
Moisture on the Glass
If you see moisture or fog on the inside of the glass, it could be a sign that the seal between the panes has been compromised. This is an easy thing to do if the window was not installed correctly. Having a broken gas seal can affect the energy efficiency of the window and needs to be replaced.
Another red flag of a poorly installed window is that it doesn’t work. Your window should open and close easily, so if it catches or jams, something is wrong.
If you notice creaking at the sill when you open or close your window, it could mean that a hinge is damaged or installed the wrong way.
A window that doesn’t operate effectively is frustrating and a security risk.
Signs of a Messy Replacement Window Installation
Here are some common signs that your replacement windows have been poorly installed:
- Your windows are crooked.
- The frame is chipped or cracked.
- The caulking and sealants have been applied messily.
- You can see old, rusty screws instead of new ones.
- Your hardware doesn’t function efficiently.
You might think that you are saving money by going with a cheaper contractor, but unfortunately, you often get what you pay for.
Window replacements are not cheap, but that doesn’t mean your contractor should cut corners. Instead, you want to find a company that can offer you advice and quality products that will work within your budget.
What to Expect from Professional Replacement Windows
When you choose a company like Hawthorne Home Exteriors, you will get replacement windows that:
- Open and close easily.
- Have a secure and effective latching system.
- Offer a selection of glass types to suit your needs and budget.
- Look beautiful.
- Help keep your home well-insulated and weatherproofed.
We offer wood, fiberglass, and vinyl windows because we understand that everyone has a unique design style and budget restrictions.
Between our lifetime workmanship warranty and the products supplied by the reputable companies we work with, you can rest assured that you are getting the best value for money that we can offer.
Do You Need to Replace Your Windows?
If your windows are nearing 20 years of age, it’s time to look at replacing them with new windows.
If you have noticed any of the above mentioned issues, contact us for a free estimate on replacement windows, and let us help you update your home.