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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/.
Are Vinyl Windows an Energy-Efficient Choice?
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 Marked Tree
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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Benefits of Energy-Efficient Doors
There’s no question that doors can add to the beauty of a home, especially wooden doors. While many builders and homeowners are drawn to wood doors because they can be so beautiful, they are not as energy-efficient as fiberglass and insulated steel doors.
Believe it or not, the exterior doors of a home can significantly contribute to air leakage. Such doors can waste energy and increase electricity costs, especially if the doors are installed incorrectly, uninsulated, old, or not properly air sealed. However, one of the things that help reduce energy losses from air leakage is weather-stripping.
Upgraded to New Exterior Doors
Are your exterior doors old or even original? If you haven’t a clue as to the actual age of your exterior doors, it may be time to upgrade to new models, ones that insulate better than older versions. When homeowners replace their old doors with new, energy-efficient models, they’re usually making a smart investment, which drives down the costs of their heating and cooling year-round.
If you wish to build a brand-new home, you should consider investing in the most energy-efficient doors on the market. “When selecting doors for energy efficiency, it’s important to first consider their energy performance ratings in relation to the local climate and your home’s design. This will help narrow your selection,” according to energy.gov.
“Which types of doors lose the most heat?” The doors that typically lose the most heat are glass or patio doors, namely sliding glass doors going outside. These types of doors tend to lose more heat than any other type of door because glass is one of the worst insulators.
One way to remedy this without getting rid of your patio doors is to replace the old ones with models that use several layers of glass and low-conductivity gasses or low-emissivity coatings between the glass panes. These are an excellent alternative, especially in Cleveland where we see sub-zero temperatures December through February.
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