Nothing lasts forever. Even the most durable of materials and things get damaged and broken over time. High-quality windows are the same – most of them will last for a very long time, but some of them won’t even last the length of their lifespan.
That said, why do some windows fail before they’re supposed to? ExteriorPros shares six reasons:
1. Wear and Tear
Windows are exposed to harsh elements that can damage them, like sunlight, strong winds and rain. They also suffer from daily wear and tear due to constant opening and closing. Regular use shouldn’t be a cause for worry, though.
2. Substandard Installation
Every window needs to be properly installed so that it will perform the way it was meant to. Windows that are not installed properly cannot be expected to last as long as those that are. Make sure to get expert window and vinyl siding installers to install your windows properly
As with everything, windows need proper maintenance too. Neglecting windows, failing to clean when necessary, results in a shorter lifespan.
Homeowners need to clean their window glass and frames properly, using the right cleaners and tools to do the job. Using the wrong tools (like power washers and abrasives) and cleaners (like harsh chemicals) will result in damaged windows. Make sure to study how it’s done, or get the pros to do it for you.
4. A lot of Moisture
Moisture causes a lot of damage to a variety of construction materials, especially wood. Make sure to check if your windows have leaks that allow moisture to seep and set in. Water can cause discoloration, rotting, warping and mold growth. Ask home experts such as windows and soffit contractors for help if needed.
5. Pests and Insects
Bugs and pests will be a problem to your windows, depending on the material used to make them. These pests can crawl through gaps and leaks in your windows and can cause problems inside your home. Some of them, like termites, might even destroy your windows.
While all of the above reasons can be prevented, sometimes, unexpected accidents can happen and damage your windows. These events might cause the need for a window sash to be replaced or the need for a whole window replacement.
If you’re looking for pros capable of handling any window and siding replacement, look no further than ExteriorPros, the most trusted exterior repair expert in Southern Maryland. Give us a call at (301) 632-5111 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-hassle and no-obligation estimate.