Top 5 Common Window Problems

We understand. Being a homeowner can be difficult at times, especially if this is your first time owning a home. When you bought your home, you were never given a manual to tell you all the potential problems your home might face. That’s why we compiled a list of the top five common window problems and the solutions that you can expect. 

Here are five of the most common window problems and how you can fix it!

Broken Locks and Latches:

It happens. One minute you go to lock your windows before bed, and the next, you have a broken window lock in your hand! No need to panic, this problem can be simply fixed and you can do it yourself! However, be sure to check your warranty before fixing your locks. Depending on the warranty that came with your window, if the lock breaks, you might have to contact your installer who can then order a replacement part.

Draft:

Have you ever sat next to your window and suddenly felt like you were outside? This is a sign that you have a drafty window. Drafts can happen from a number of things, from rotten window frames and sills to poor installation of the window. Sometimes a draft can be fixed by caulking the window, however, sometimes it’s best to replace the window with a more energy efficient window.

Condensation/fogginess:

Condensation and foggy windows happens when the seal around the windows has deteriorated and has allowed moisture to enter between the two glass panes. This can lead to potential water damage, mold growth, and a high energy bill. Once this happens, it is best to do a full window replacement.

Cracking, Rotting & Warping Wood:

These are common problems with wood windows. Warping happens when the wood absorbs moisture and expands and contracts. Rotting happens when moisture has absorbed into the wood and starts to deteriorate. After some time, your windows can become permanently damaged and will need to be replaced. To avoid this problem, we recommend replacing your wood windows with vinyl.

Leak:

One of the most serious problems is a leaky window. A leak happens when either the window seal has started to worn down or when a window was not properly installed. If you have a leaky window, there will most likely be more to replace than just a window. Damages can be, floors, drywall, ceiling, and more! If you have a leaky window it is best to call someone ASAP before the damage gets worse.

Stuck Windows:

The problem might not always be a major fix, sometimes the problem could be something small like rusty hinges, which can be easily fixed by lubricating them. However, there could also be potentially bigger problems such as foundation shifts or warping of the wood. In that case, the whole window would need to be replaced.

We hope our blog post helped solve any window issues that you might have. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a time for one of our project consultants come look at your windows, please give us a call at 215-343-5557.