Why Are My Windows Leaking?
6/27/2013 4:07 PM
Why Are My Windows Leaking?
Window leaks can happen for a number of reasons. Typically, window leaks are due to poorly installed windows or windows that have worn parts—causing a breakdown of sealing components. If your windows are leaking, you have a significant problem. Window leakage is more than just annoying—it can cause damage to your home, including mold and mildew growth, wood rot, or even foundation problems!
Never ignore leaky windows. If you notice water around your windows after it rains, you should consider having your windows repaired or replaced. Find a local Weather Shield dealer for assistance with your leaky windows today. They will assess the condition of your windows and help you determine whether you should simply repair your existing windows or replace them with new ones.
Common Causes of Window Leaks
- Window Leaks When it is not Raining – many people notice water on their windows even when it is not raining and assume there is a leak somewhere. Chances are it is simply window condensation. Read our other blog post, What Causes Window Condensation? to learn more about window condensation.
- Bad Glass Seal – if you are seeing water inside your window between the panes of glass, you have a bad glass seal. This does not always mean that water is leaking into your home, but it does mean that your windows have lost their insulating gas—making them significantly less energy-efficient than they were when they were new.
- Bad Window Sealant – If the window sealant—or caulk—around your window has cracks or gaps, re-caulk around the window and monitor what happens following the next rain storm.
- Wall Leaks – it is possible that your window leaks are not window leaks at all. If you notice stains on the top part of the window frame, chances are the leak is due to a leak in your walls. Inspect your walls for sealing gaps or cracks and re-seal them to fix this problem.
Window Leak Prevention Tips
The easiest way to prevent your windows from leaking is to ensure that they are installed properly the first time. Always hire a certified and experienced window replacement contractor—like one of our premium dealers.
The next best thing you can do is install windows with superior weather resistance features. Look for windows made with moisture-resistant materials, a fusion-welded subframe, and thick multi-chamber sub frame components—features found with our new TriCore frame technology and standard on all Aspire Series, Signature Series, and Premium Series windows. Incorporating these features into our TriCore frame technology has virtually eliminated the ability for water infiltration to occur, leaving your home’s windows leak-free for life.
Replacing Your Leaky Windows
If you would like to have your leaky windows evaluated or replaced, find a local Weather Shield dealer in your area. Our dealers can assess your home’s windows and provide you with a cost estimate to have them replaced with new leak resistant windows. Whether you are looking for wood, aluminum-clad, vinyl-clad, or fiberglass windows, we have the windows for you.
Get started by searching for a dealer in your area today!