May 13,2023

Windows are an integral part of your home, letting in light and adding dimension to the exterior. They can also have a major impact on the heating and cooling efficiency of your home. Once windows start to get old and drafty, you might start to see the effects in your energy bill. Getting new windows installed with Berg Home Improvements is simple, but first you’ll have to know when it’s time for a replacement. One major sign to watch out for is a broken window seal.

Symptoms of Window Seal Failure

It can be easy to let certain home improvements slide until next year, but window seals are ones that you’ll want to attend to right away. A broken window seal can allow moisture to seep in, which is never great for a home. If you’ve noticed that the seals on your windows have been compromised, a contractor can inspect them and advise you further.

Condensation: One of the most telltale signs of window seal failure is fog or condensation on the window. If you keep seeing fog build up between the panes in the morning, there’s a good chance you’ll want to consider a repair or replacement.

Cracked or distorted panes: Because some insulated windows are filled with gas, a leak may leave empty space that causes warping or even cracks in the window.

Drafts in the house: Once the seal on a window is broken, cold air may be allowed to seep in from the outside. You might feel a chill when you put your hand up to the affected window, or even just walk past them.

The windows in question get sun: If you’re seeing some of the other signs in this list, and the windows in question are in a particularly sunny area of the house, you are likely dealing with a window seal failure. Constant heating and cooling from the sun can cause a window’s seal to expand and contract, and ultimately wear out faster.

Your energy bills have gone up: If your windows have been compromised, more outdoor air is getting into the home, meaning that your heating and cooling systems need to work harder to keep up. This is where your home’s energy efficiency comes into play; windows can account for as much as 25-30% of the energy needed to heat and cool your home.

Should I Repair or Replace My Windows?

If the seal on your window is broken, repairs might be possible. However, there are plenty of benefits to consider if you’re thinking about replacing your windows. New windows not only improve the energy efficiency of your home, they also look great and increase the value of your house.

When it comes to home improvements, you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of whether a repair or replacement is the better option for your situation. Thankfully, Berg Home Improvements offers free estimates to help you make the best decision for your home. To learn more, contact us today.

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