Any residential roofing and window replacement contractor will tell you that seals are a crucial component of your windows. They prevent heat from escaping your home during the winter and keep your indoors cool in the summer months. In addition to this, they also stop drafts from wreaking havoc on your home’s thermal comfort.
Ideally, the seal should remain intact for the entire lifespan of your windows. Several factors, however, can cause them to fail. We highlight five of them below:
Windows nearing the end of their serviceable life show signs of deterioration, including seal failure. This is especially true for older windows that utilize an older method of weather protection. It is counterintuitive to update only the weatherstripping in this case. You’d be better off replacing the whole unit, especially if they look severely damaged upon first glance.
2. Poor Maintenance
Disregarding maintenance is a quick way to reduce your windows’ efficiency and performance. Seals may fail if you don’t give them enough care and attention, resulting in untimely and costly repairs. With that in mind, you need to work with a window and roof repair professional to ensure your investments are in top shape year-round.
3. Elemental Exposure
Window seals are designed to withstand long-term exposure to the elements, but there is a limit to what they can endure over the years. If you live in an area that regularly sees rainfall, water can seep behind the seals and cause them to lift. Small openings form, allowing moisture and cold air to pass through. Rust may also form on the metal components of the window.
4. Installation Mistakes
Window issues shouldn’t appear relatively soon after installation, but if they do, the unit may not have been installed properly. The installers may have either used a defective sealant or failed to give it enough time to set. Make sure you work with a reputable contractor to ensure a flawless, error-free installation.
Masters Roofing specializes in providing high-quality residential and commercial roofing services, as well as exterior home improvements like window and siding installations. Call (901) 871-7663 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in and around Memphis, TN.