Damaged windows can affect the energy efficiency and indoor comfort of your Cincinnati home. They also make your house more vulnerable to damage from harsh weather conditions.
In this post, your leading local window replacement company, Renewal by Andersen® of Cincinnati, shares some tips on how to inspect your windows for damage.
Hail Storm Damage
Hail can easily break and shatter windows. Inspect your windows for broken glass, torn screens, cracked glazing and dented flashing on top of the window or frame.
Heavy winds can cause trees to fall over and, in worst cases, break windows. If you have experienced a windstorm, check your windows for shattered or cracked glass, holes and dented frames.
Water damage when not promptly dealt with can lead to mold, which can be a bigger problem for your home’s foundation. Check your windows for moisture or fog build-up between the glass panes. Look out for cracking, peeling or bubbling wall paint or wallpaper.
Have your leaky windows replaced by a trusted window contractor like Renewal by Andersen of Cincinnati because improper installation can let in drafts and make leaks worse.
Not all window damage is noticeable. You can detect air leaks by conducting a smoke test. The first step is to close all the windows and doors in your house and switch off any combustion appliances like the furnace or water heater. Then, you have to turn on the kitchen and bathroom exhaust vents to create negative pressure that sucks out outside air from indoors. Hold out a lit incense stick close to the edges of your windows and doors and watch for a change in the rising smoke. The smoke will waiver in areas where outside air is entering, which means there’s an air leak.
When It’s Time to Replace Your Windows
Replace all severely damaged windows to prevent further problems in your home. At Renewal by Andersen by Cincinnati, we are your leading provider of high-quality replacement windows in Ohio. Call us at (513) 283-8981 or complete our online form for a free in-home consultation. We work with homeowners in Cincinnati, OH.