The Time to Consider Replacement Windows for Your Dallas, TX, Home Is Before It Becomes Obvious
Knowing when to make replacement windows a priority for your Dallas, Texas, home can be a challenge. Windows don’t come with an expiration date, and unless there’s obvious damage, most homeowners don’t give them a lot of thought. That can be a mistake, since even minor moisture incursions can rot wood, damage plaster, and encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Furthermore, drafty windows make it easier for heat to transfer in and out of the house, reducing your home’s energy efficiency.
At Woodbridge Home Exteriors, we recommend Dallas, TX, homeowners perform an annual inspection to determine if replacement windows are needed. This will require more than simply looking things over and checking the glass for cracks or condensation. Broken seals aren’t always visible, and insects can hollow out a wooden frame without breaking through to the surface. That’s why every inspection should involve gently probing along the frame, sash, and sill with the tip of a screwdriver. If you feel a soft spot or punch through to a cavity, it’s likely you have an infestation. In such cases, replacement windows are usually a better option that simply filling the damaged areas with wood putty, since the windows’ weatherproofing has likely been compromised as well.
During your inspection, you should also attempt to open every window. If the sashes stick or if they fail to remain open, it’s usually because the frame is warped or swollen. Difficult-to-operate windows not only make cross ventilation a challenge, but could also pose a hazard if they are the only exit from a burning house. Replacement windows should be considered for any unit that can’t be opened without a struggle.
As mentioned earlier, finding air leakage can be a challenge with just the naked eye. And just because you don’t feel a draft around a window doesn’t mean its maintaining an airtight seal. One method of testing for leaks is to light an incense stick and hold it close to the frame. The rising smoke will be disturbed by air currents too subtle to feel, giving you a better indication of how airtight your windows actually are. Drafty windows are candidates for replacement.
If you think the time has come for replacement windows at your Dallas, TX, home, contact Woodbridge Home Exteriors today. We’ll be happy to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our specialists. And if you decide to move forward with replacement windows, we offer a number of financing packages for qualified homeowners.