Eventually even the most well-designed window will fail and need to be replaced. Over time, sliding and double-hung windows may begin to stick, picture windows can get foggy and bay windows can lose their sheen. One of the earliest signs of an aging window is window seal failure. When this happens, your window will no longer perform as well as it used to, often resulting in condensation problems or, in worse cases, a noticeable drop in energy efficiency.
Constant temperature changes are the typically the most common reason behind window seal failure. However, there is one often overlooked factor that can contribute to this problem: wind. Read on as Renewal by Andersen® of Seattle discusses how strong winds can deteriorate window seals.
The Importance of Window Seals
Multi-pane window replacement products often have two, sometimes three, panes of glass in their construction. These glass panels are separated by a layer of inert and insulating gas, which helps make the window more resistant to heat and other environmental factors. Window seals work by trapping this gas inside the panes, preventing them from leaking out. The average lifespan of a window is highly dependent on the quality of the seals.
When window seals begin to crack and break down, strong winds are often the last culprit homeowners think of. However, it’s still important to consider how wind can affect the performance and durability of your replacement windows.
The most obvious way, of course, is when debris is blown away by the wind, hitting the windows and causing massive physical damage. When this happens, it’s best to have the window replaced completely. Some types of windows like casement windows can be prone to this problem, especially if they open outwards.
The hot summer air can also dry out the seals, causing them to weaken over time. This type of problem does not happen overnight and can take years before they become noticeable. Regular preventive maintenance can help identify cracked and dried up seals so you can address them promptly.
Keep your windows well-protected against wind, sun and other types of natural damage with the help of our professionals at Renewal by Andersen of Seattle. Give us a call at (206) 777-0954 or fill out our contact form and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Seattle, WA, and other nearby areas.