While it may not feel like spring in Evanston, IL, just yet, the worst of winter is over and (hopefully) warmer weather is on the way. But with the thaw, you might notice some telltale signs that winter wasn’t kind to your windows. The cold can do a lot of damage and what’s worse, some of the damage can have a lasting impact on your windows aesthetics, security, efficiency, and durability. Here are a few things you need to watch for this spring:
Occasional condensation on the interior surface of your windows isn’t cause for concern. It is common when you take a shower, cook in the kitchen, or dry your laundry and the humid air comes in contact with the cold glass. But it is a concern when condensation forms between the panes of glass on your windows. This usually signifies a seal is broken and the inert gas between the panes has leaked out.
While this isn’t such a common problem anymore, it can still happen with older window styles. If temperatures really drop during high humidity, in addition to condensation, you might see some frost on the surfaces of your windows. The ice on the pane isn’t as worrisome as the ice that can form inside the frame. As the ice expands, it can damage the seals further. And then when it melts, the water can seep down into the frame, sills, and even the wall. And with moisture you can get mold, stains, or peeling paint. Wood and aluminum window frames are vulnerable to moisture damage and you will want to examine your windows closely every spring for signs of moisture damage.
Air leaks are a common problem after the winter months. When temperatures are mild, they are not a huge concern. But when summer and winter come around, leaky windows will cost you in energy efficiency. If a window has a broken seal, you might notice that some of the rooms in your home feel hot, even when you crank up the air conditioning. To test for air leaks this spring, shut all the exterior windows and doors and turn on your exhaust fans. Then, run an incense stick around the perimeter of your windows. If the smoke pulls inward, you have a broken seal and need to get it repaired or replaced.
Over the years, your windows will start to break down. You might notice yellowing or some discoloration on the frame, scratches in the finish, peeling paint, or maybe dents, rust, and broken glass. Weather stripping can break down and caulking can wear out. This leaves your windows looking worn and dilapidated. After about 15 to 20 winters, you will want to start looking at replacement windows.
Where to find the Best Replacement Windows in Evanston, IL
If your windows don’t look like they can handle another winter, it is time to get window replacements in Evanston, IL. Contact Scientific Home Services today at (847) 752-0370 or visit 7240 Saint Louis Ave., Skokie, IL 60076. With our higher level of product knowledge and top rated products, you are sure to find windows that will last for many winters to come.