What To Look For In A Good Quality Replacement Window
Important To Arkansas
As the owner of a home repair company, I've seen an alarming trend of homeowners reporting window leaks. These leaks often result from improperly installed windows or poor home construction techniques that prompt the need for expensive, premature repairs. The following article reveals the warning signs that every homeowner can use to determine if they have a serious window leak.
Tell Tale Signs of a Window Leak
Visible moisture on the interior of your home in the vicinity of a window is a rather obvious sign of a window leak. But often there are more insidious window leaks who symptoms take far longer to spot. Unfortunately, these symptoms arise after significant damage has occurred. The description (and pictures via the link at the end of this article) will help you spot those problems before they can cost your thousands of dollars in preventable home repairs.
Case Study on the Damage from Leaking Windows
To illustrate how a small, insidious window leak can cause enormous frustration for a homeowner, let's examine a case study from a recent client that we helped in Amelia, Ohio-a suburb of Cincinnati. This home was about 8 years old, and like many tract homes built in the Cincinnati area, have 2-story great rooms with windows composing much of the exterior wall. While this is a wonderful architectural feature, the vinyl siding and construction techniques used in these homes do not generally prevent a large wall of windows like this from leaking.
- Does the window always leak when it rains? Or does it only leak during a heavy rain shower?
- Does the window leak when the rain is being driven by wind from a particular direction?
- How long has the window been leaking? Can you identify any event associated with the first time you noticed the window leak? (i.e. significant storm, ice event, extreme winds, etc.)
- Has the leak worsened? Or has it remained consistent over time?
- Have you attempted to stop the leak? If so, what has been done? Has that helped?
- If you can obtain this information, find out who built your home and when it was constructed.
Help With Window Leaks
To learn about how you can recognize the warning signs of window leaks in your home, view the video and pictures associated with this article at: http://www.mastermylist.com/windows/warning-signs-that-your-home-has-a-serious-window-leak/.
How to Choose New Home Windows
It’s no secret that the right window and door system can help reduce your energy bills. But with so many different options and combinations available for frames, glazing, and seals, it can get a little confusing. Thankfully, there is an easy way to make sense of it all – and it all comes down to climate zones…
The Zones In Letona
According to the Window Energy Rating Scheme’s (WERS) website, Arkansas has three major climate zones much like Australlia. A heating climate is an alpine or cooler area such as Tasmania or southern areas of Victoria, where energy is used most for heating. Hot and tropical areas like many parts of Queensland are cooling climates, where the primary use of energy is to keep the home cool. A mixed climate is an environment where energy is used for both heating and cooling equally, throughout the year.
If you live in a heating climate, window and door systems should work to keep you warm by keeping the heat in. For this climate, WERs recommends products that maximize the solar heat gained during the day (achieve high SHGC ratings). Insulated Glass Units (IGUs) with clear glazing are a good option. However, thermally broken frames such as the ones found on Bradnam’s Signature Thermal Break range, are optimum for reducing energy consumption in a colder climate.
If you enjoy hot and tropical climates where you live, window and door systems perform best when they are designed to keep the heat out. Windows that limit solar heat gain (achieve low SHGC ratings) are suitable, and when combined with good insulation they work hard to keep the heat out of your home. Double glazed windows and doors with a Low-E glass on the outer pane are an option you can’t go past in these climates.
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Importance of Energy-Efficient Windows
When you’re building or remodeling a home, it pays to install energy-efficient windows that not only provide lighting, but enhance the warmth in a room, reducing your energy costs. Some homeowners overlook the true value of windows – which provide ventilation, light, warmth, and ventilation. However, windows can pose problems; they can actually decrease a home’s energy efficiency, sometimes costing homeowners hundreds, if not thousands more each year in their heating and cooling bills.
If cost isn’t an issue, you can install energy-efficient windows in your home, but if you’re on a budget, you can make energy efficient improvements to the existing windows in your home, and this can help keep the cool air in during the summer and the subzero air out during the winter months.
How Can I Improve Energy Efficiency?
“New windows are not in my budget. What else can I do to improve the energy efficiency of my existing windows?” Your options include:
- Caulking: This reduces air leakage around the windows.
- Weather-stripping: Like caulking, reduces air leakage.
- Using window treatments or curtains: Can reduce heat-loss in the winter and keep the house cool during the summer.
- Adding storm windows: These can reduce air leakage year-round.
If You Live in an Older Home
If you live in an older home that has its original windows or otherwise inefficient windows, it may make sense to replace the existing windows with new, energy-efficient ones. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “New, energy, efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and sometimes even lighting costs.”
Before deciding to replace the windows in your home, we recommend scheduling a service call with one of our technicians. We can examine your windows for energy-efficiency or even perform a home energy audit. Through an audit, we can evaluate how your home is losing energy and show you ways to save money each month by making simple changes. We can also help with energy efficient doors, skylights, storm windows, and much more.
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