There areso many different signs that your windows weren’t properly installed it would be impossible to list them all. Messy caulking, condensation between the panes, and gaps between the frame and window sill are all hints that the installation wasn’t done with care and consideration. Improperly installed windows cause problems - problems that can mean property damage, higher energy costs, and even health hazards. We’re going to look at three of the most common - and most significant - problems caused by poor window installation.
Drafty windowsWindows are an essential part of your home’s insulation. Most people have had to deal with drafty windows at some point in their lives - it’s not a pleasant experience. If you feel a draft coming through your newly installed windows, there’s a problem. That draft means there’s a glaring vulnerability in your home’s insulation - heat is going to flow through that window. It’s going to flow into your home in the summer, and out of your home in the winter. That means higher energy bills and a less comfortable home. You should also consider that if your window is drafty, air isn’t the only thing that can get in. Moisture can infiltrate through drafty windows, rotting the frames (if they’re wooden) and causing water damage to your property.
Windows that don’t open or close properlyThis is particularly bad for egress windows, but it’s unfortunate for any window that you bought that is supposed to open and close. A window that doesn’t open properly means less comfort. A window that doesn’t close properly? Well, that means air and moisture will leak into your home. Either way, it’s a bad thing.
Big gaps can mean big problemsOver time, small gaps between the frame and window sill are to be expected - especially with wooden frames. Expansion and contraction will create gaps over time. Large gaps right after installation, on the other hand, are unacceptable. They could mean the window isn’t properly secured - it could fall out of place or onto unsuspecting fingers. This is all without mentioning the obvious problems gaps can cause - drafts are inevitable with large gaps.
What to do if your window wasn’t installed properlyThe answer to this is simple: call your window installer. When your window wasn’t properly installed, it’s their responsibility to fix the problem, and any reputable contractor will do so. On that note, be sure to pick your contractor carefully. There are many different types of windows, and your installer should have a wealth of experience with the type you want installed. Ask questions like:
- How long have you been in business?
- How much experience do you have installing this type of window?
- Can I look at your work?
- Do you have testimonials/referrals? Can I speak to the people who gave them?