A New Homeowner's Guide to Understanding Common Household Window Issues
As a new homeowner, there are many things you may experience for the very first time. When it comes to home windows, you need to understand some of the most common problems you might encounter. Here's a look at a couple of the things you should watch for and some tips to address those issues as well.
What Causes Fogging in Windows?
When windows appear foggy, it's usually because of condensation that forms between the glass panes. In most cases, this is a problem that's limited to older windows because it only occurs when the seal between the window panes fails. The seal is designed to hold the pocket of gas between the panes for insulation. When that seal fails, it can allow moisture to seep between the panes, creating condensation and a foggy appearance. If this happens to your windows, you'll have to talk with a contractor who will help you either restore the seal or replace the window glass.
What Happens When a Window Gets Stuck?
Wood-framed windows are the most common ones to find stuck, and it usually happens because the wood is swollen. Moisture, excess paint, and other similar issues can cause wood to swell. The best method to deal with it will depend on the source of the problem. If you believe that humidity is the cause, you can try to dry the frame out a bit with a hair dryer. On low heat, a hair dryer can help draw out the moisture and minimize the swelling. If you believe that some paint has built up in that space, use a razor blade or knife to chisel some of the paint away.
What Causes Windows to Crack?
One of the most common causes for window cracks is stress due to thermal expansion and reactions. Sometimes, that thermal expansion can cause the window to chip, and the chip can eventually spread into a crack. Thermal cracking is most common on the sides of the house where the windows are shaded most of the night but then subjected to harsh, heavy sunlight for most of the rest of the day.
These are three of the most common issues you might encounter with your home's windows. Knowing how to watch for them and what to do when they occur will help you to protect your home and your windows. If you have any questions about how to deal with something you encounter, talk with a local window installation contractor such as Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling, Inc. for guidance.