If you’re going through the trouble of installing replacement windows, consider how much maintenance your new ones will require. For example, fiberglass windows have the unique advantage of requiring extremely little maintenance. Both durable and attractive, replacement windows made of fiberglass are designed to last a lifetime. If you’re having trouble deciding which material to choose for your new windows, it’s a good idea to be aware of any issues that may arise with each type.
Common Window Maintenance Concerns
Popular window materials, like wood and vinyl, are riddled with materials that warp and decay over time. By keeping an eye out for these issues, you may be able to reduce the damage, but often, there’s nothing you can do to prevent some of the most common window issues.
As you perform your inspection, there are several things you’ll want to watch for. These are telltale signs that your window is in dire need of repair, or possibly even replacement. As you perform your inspection, watch for these issues in your wood and vinyl window framing:
Warping: There’s one thing that commonly causes window warping, and that’s water, but there are a number of factors. In some cases, warped wood or vinyl could be the result of a leak in your window’s framing. Other times, it could be unpreventable condensation buildup on the frame. It could also be a simple water spill in the home. Whatever the cause, wood and vinyl have a nasty habit of warping when wet, which calls for premature window replacement.
Moisture Retention: In some instances, materials like wood and vinyl can act like a sponge for water, leading to warping, insulation problems, and even cracked windows when the water freezes and expands.
Cracking: The elements play a large role in cracking your window frames, particularly the outside, which are battered with rain, wind, and sun. The interior frames are also exposed to raw sunlight, which dries out the inner wood and causes it to crack. If rainwater or snow gets inside these cracks and freezes, it can expand, causing the cracks to become wider and deeper.
Mold Growth: A particularly disturbing aspect of moisture retention is the growth of mold, which can have serious repercussions on your family and their health. A mold infestation can also spread to your walls and ceilings, requiring major repairs to fix the problem.
Rotting: Eventually, the combination of water retention and mold growth will cause the wood to rot, which attracts pests and other molds. It’s also a clear sign that your window framing is headed for demise and should be replaced with a more viable option soon.
Damaged Framing: Any framing can break, but wood and vinyl are a little more fragile than some materials. Vinyl can bubble and melt and wood can easily crack and break, increasing damage to the frame itself and the need for early replacement.
Window Maintenance Checklist
Most homeowners simply install their windows without thinking about it ever again. However, if you want to keep your windows operating smoothly with minimal damage and wear, you’ll want to perform a maintenance check at least once per year. Performing a semi-annual check is essential for preventing damage in these areas. Follow this checklist to discover some of the most common window problems before they turn into major disasters.
- Check weather-stripping. This is the material used to close the space between the sash and frame of the pane to reduce the infiltration of air and increase the efficiency of your home. If it’s cracked, drying, or damaged in any way, the material should be replaced.
- Clean the windowpane, sill, and all surrounding areas thoroughly. Pay particular attention to removing sand, dust, and dirt from the hinges and tracks. Buildup of this kind can hinder the movement of the window and cause jams.
- Inspect the interior and exterior finish. The stain or paint around the windowpane may show signs of wear, such as water damage. If you see any damage caused by the natural elements, it probably means there’s something wrong with the seals, and it’s time to have them replaced.
- Examine the caulking. This is essential for insulating and protecting the interior of your home. Trim away any old, loose, or excess caulking and pick up some caulk from your hardware store to seal the gaps. Pay special attention to your exterior caulking during this process.
- Secure any exposed hardware fasteners. Screws and nails that have come loose pose a hazard to residents and increase the risk of damage to the window.
- Check screens within the window. Broken and bent screens are more likely to let in pests and other unwanted visitors.
These are the main tenets of inspecting and caring for your windows. As you perform this assessment, take proper safety measures. When using a ladder, make sure it’s secure. Also, wear gloves and proper safety equipment to avoid injury during your inspection.
If you’re not interested or feel inadequate in doing the inspection by yourself, you can have a professional perform a free consultation for you. A professional can not only assess the problem, but also repair or replace your window, saving you time and hassle.
Fiberglass Window Materials: An All-Inclusive Solution
Let’s be honest, maintenance and damages are a hassle to deal with. You need windows that work for you to provide an aesthetically pleasing look while also benefiting your way of life. Fiberglass windows prevent some of the most common problems while adding several great benefits, including:
- Reduced Energy Costs: Fiberglass windows can actually cut your energy costs by up to 40 percent thanks to their tight, long-lasting seals. These replacement windows provide you with special glass and insulation that withstands the elements.
- Simple Maintenance: It’s easy to clean these windows inside and out, thanks to Tilt-In convenience technology. This tech also reduces damage happening to the sill and frame.
- Custom Fit for Any Space: Windows should be measured to your home, not the other way around. Don’t put up with gaps that let in cold or hot air and increase the effects of the elements to the framing. The close fit that comes with fiberglass replacement windows eliminates that problem.
- Incredible Appearance: The smooth finish, variety of style options, and selection of colors accompanied with fiberglass windows ensures that you’ll receive a smoother and more personalized finish.
- Stronger and More Durable: Fiberglass provides the perfect balance between flexible vinyl and malleable wood. This means that when exposed to sun, rain, and other elements, it passes the test. It’s so solid that this material is even used in bridge construction. In other words, cracking, warping, and other unsightly damages won’t be much of a problem with this material.
Get Your Replacement Windows at Lakeside Exteriors
If you become fed up with your traditional window materials and need a change, look no further than Lakeside Exteriors. We carry the complete line of Infinity fiberglass products, offered with a high-quality, guaranteed installation process to match your exact needs and wants. When shopping for replacement windows, we can provide the perfect custom fit. For a free quote, consultation, or general information, don’t hesitate to contact us today!