There are several signs that your windows are deteriorating. While some are very obvious to the average home owner, others are harder to notice.
Let’s start with simple things that you quite possibly already know. First, check for drafts. Marvin Windows suggests holding a lighted candle in front of the window’s edge. If the candle flickers, it means there are drafts coming through the window. Another thing you can do is check for caulk/seal failure. To do this, stand outside your window with a flashlight. Run the flashlight around the window frame while another person stands on the other side. If the other person can see light coming through, it may mean caulk or seal failure. Finally, if your house is painted, check for peeling paint. Marvin Windows warns that this can be caused by moisture traveling through improperly sealed windows and back out to the exterior. In addition, they warn that in older homes, exposure to UV rays and temperature extremes may cause frames to expand and contract.
Some signs might be very obvious to you as well. Things such as frost and ice buildup, loud outside noises, and proper function are all important to look for.
All of the above signs will ultimately lead to window failure. It is good to catch these problems early so you don’t have to deal with high energy bills. If you think your windows are failing, Gravina’s Window Center will be more than happy to help you determine which window replacement option is best suited to your needs and wants!