Windows are the eyes of the house but sometimes those windows need a little tender, loving care from regular maintenance. Because windows are an active part of the home, opening and closing with the seasons, parts can fail and leave you with squeaky, leaking, ugly windows. Regular maintenance will discover small problems before they become major problems.
If your home has wooden windows, regular check-ups for rot or warping can protect your investment. Rain and sun can affect your windows this way, leaving you with interior water damage. A window check-up will detect the first signs of rot, giving you time to have the windows repaired or replaced before water leaks into your home. If the damage is discovered early, windows may be repaired rather than replaced. Frame warping due to the sun can also be fixed before major damage is done to your house through water leakage. Any weather stripping in your windows can be inspected for wear during your maintenance visit.
Even if water is not leaking into your house, any air flow through your windows will lower the energy efficiency of the house, costing you money. These gaps can be sealed by the professional.
Sometimes the problem isn’t with a too-loose window but a too-tight one. Sometimes the sliding track of the window is becomes bent and keeps the windows from shutting fully. This problem can be fixed or, if it is too damaged, the frame can be replaced to allow easy opening of the window.
Another problem that can be found with a maintenance visit is hardware that has become loose. Screws in the sash may raise up, impeding the operation of the window.
If your double-pane looks foggy, you may have to replace those windows. With a maintenance plan, your professional will calk and seal the frame to keep rain from entering between the panes.