Windows generally have a long lifetime, especially vinyl windows. Vinyl windows are made to stand up to the elements and can last 20 years or more before they need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear. In fact, such windows often come with a 20-year warranty that will protect them for their entire lifespan.
While windows stand up very well to normal wear and tear, they are often damaged by strong storms. Hurricanes and tornados frequently destroy even tough vinyl windows. Even a strong thunderstorm can break most windows. It is important to keep in mind that storm-damaged windows may not be immediately apparent. While it isn’t common for windows to shatter due to a strong storm, sometimes they will have small cracks in the pane or frame that are not obvious to the naked eye. If this is the case, you must keep an eye out for signs that your windows might be damaged and require replacement. Read on to learn more about the signs that your windows need to be replaced.
Condensation Between Window Panes
Many of the windows on the market today have two or three panes. One of the most common signs that windows need to be replaced is a great deal of condensation between window panes. While it is normal for multi-pane windows to have a little bit of condensation between the panes, if the inside of your window panes are covered in condensation, then you have a problem. This often indicates that there is either a crack in the pane or in the frame. These cracks can let in condensation from storms. Condensation will not harm the panes themselves. However, the moisture can also get on the frames, which might rot and allow harmful mold growth.
The Windows Aren’t Blocking Outside Noise
Windows are supposed to block outside noise to a certain extent. If you notice that your windows are not blocking as much noise as they used to, this could signify damage to the pane or the frame. Even a small crack or puncture can let in much more sound than a properly functioning window. This often happens after a strong storm.
Damaged & Decayed Frames
One of the most common reasons that windows need to be replaced is damaged or decayed frames. This often happens with older windows that have wooden frames. However, even newer windows with vinyl or metal frames can damage or decay. Storm damage often breaks frames. It can also cause mold growth on the frame, which is often seen when a damaged pane or frame has let in water from the storm. Not only is this mold unsightly, it is also a health hazard. If you do spot mold on your window frames, you should have them replaced by a storm damage restoration professional, as they will have extensive experience dealing with mold.
Jamming & Sticking Windows
It is very common for windows to jam or stick on occasion. However, if it happens regularly, this is a sign that your windows need to be replaced. The most common reason that windows jam or stick is because they are getting old and worn. If they have been opened and closed thousands of times over many years, the tracks and locking mechanisms will tend to stick. Sometimes, however, windows jam or stick because a strong storm has bent the frame out of shape. This can cause even new windows to jam and stick. Windows that are getting jammed may be repaired instead of replaced, depending on the extent of the damage.
If you notice a draft coming through a window, it is usually easy to apply some sealant and stop the draft immediately. However, if drafts keep recurring, the window may need to be replaced. This can happen due to wear and tear or damage caused by a storm.
Replacing Windows After Storm Damage
If you notice any of the signs mentioned above after storm damage, it’s best to go with a professional storm damage restoration company like Elysian. Elysian specializes in repairing storm damage to houses, including damage to windows. The professionals at Elysian will have experience and knowledge that general repair people won’t. Window replacement is often only one small part of a large repair job that is required after a devastating storm, so it’s important to go with professionals who have repaired many storm-damaged homes before. Storm damage presents many challenges that normal wear and tear does not, such as water damage.