Over time, windows will start to break down and ultimately fail. After all, nothing lasts forever. But sometimes, the lifespan of a window ends before it should. But what causes this?
Normal Wear and Tear
Windows must endure a constant beating from the elements as well as frequently being opened and closed, leading to their natural break down. Extreme temperatures or severe storms will also hasten this process. Windows usually last a couple of decades with normal exposure and regular use.
The leading cause of premature window failure is poor installation. Window installations aren’t projects you should entrust to any contractor. You need to hire window professionals. They do installations and repairs every day, and you can depend on quality services.
Lack of Maintenance
Keeping windows in tip-top shape takes more than the occasional glass cleaning. You should wipe down the frames with water and a mild detergent, avoiding water seeping into the frame. You should also clear the track of debris and ensure efficient operation. Remember not to use abrasives, harsh chemicals or power washers to clean them.
Windows that leak can lead to moisture in the frame and sill. Water can also seep into the walls and floors of your home. This can lead to a more serious problem of water damage if left unchecked. It can cause discoloration, warping, rot or mold growth. Refer any consistent fogging or leaks in your windows to your window expert at once.
Bugs and Insects
Bugs and pests will chew, bite, scratch and enter your home leaving air and moisture leaks in their wake. Such pests are nuisances that can hasten your windows’ degradation.
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