Common Problems with Windows, Panes, and Interior Shutters

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A properly installed window can lower heating costs, enhance the aesthetics of your home’s interior, and increase the value of your home. Since they take in considerable amounts of radiation, windows should be efficient in illuminating the building and managing heat.

If you need new windows, it is wise to get professional installers to do the job. This article looks at some of the common problems you will encounter with new panes and interior shutters.

Air Tightness

It is important when installing custom made windows to ensure they are airtight. That is to say, the air within the building cannot escape to the outside. If it does, it can envelop the building and occupy spaces where moisture can accumulate.

Usually, air finds its way out through broken seals that are not effective enough to stop leaks. Poor quality sealing may be as a result of installing the lower edge of the pane, before placing the heat insulation.

Lack of airtightness can be problematic for your home. Moisture that is trapped within the structure can accelerate the growth of mold, mildew, and rot. It also reduces the energy efficiency of the building.

Damp Proofing

Damp-proofing is a term used in construction to refer to agents that stop moisture from getting into the building. To prevent dampness, a membrane is placed horizontally under the concrete floor. In the vertical direction, the damp-proof materials protect the walls and windows.

In cavity walls, it is even more critical to apply a Damp-Proof Course (DPC) around doors and windows. DPC stops water from getting from the outer wall into the cavity. It is particularly useful for areas with high levels of humidity. The DPC has agents that can diffuse vapor as it tries to cross the membrane.

Some homeowners may choose to ignore applying DPC around the edges of windows and walls. Sometimes, that is done for aesthetic considerations, which may not favor adding a frame or insulation. Over time, unsightly mold develops around the window.

Foggy Windows and Possible Damping

At times, when the heating system is on, you may notice beads of water or fog on the glass. Usually, it is just an irritating problem, and there is no cause for worry.

However, if the problem is extensive and persistent, it could be a sign of condensation developing. The vapor in the air turns to droplets of water when it hits a cooler surface. Also, there can be a lot of fog on the windows if there is poor ventilation in your home.

The old windows had a low-grade sealant that can come loose over time. It often happens on older double-glazed panes. But before you seek out a Milgard windows installer, rule out ventilation and moisture coming from the interior.

Issues with Interior Shutters

It is also important to consider the issues you may encounter with interior shutters. Wood shutters can be a fine addition to the aesthetics that raise the value of your home. They can complement both traditional and modern decor.

Broken Magnets: Exposure to sunlight over a long period can weaken the magnet that keeps the interior shutters tightly closed. You can fix it by replacing the magnetic parts.

Loose Hinges: You may notice that some of the hinges on the shutters are loose. You will have to tighten the screws. If the screw is not firm, add some small piece of paper or stick to the hole to make it tight.

Broken or Faulty Louver: A broken louver is never a good thing for your interior’s aesthetics. You will have to replace it with a new one. If the issue is that it can’t stay open, there could be tension within the structure due to poor installation.

Bottom-Line

If properly done, the installation of Milgard custom windows and interior shutters can enhance your home interior, and keep it safe. To minimize the risk of these issues cropping up, ensure you get it done by professional window installers.

Windows and Doors: Managing Energy Costs

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Are you ready to make the changes to your home that can help you start conserving energy? The perfect place to start is with new windows and doors. Replacement windows and replacement doors can help you shut out the elements and conserve energy.

About 30% of the energy used to keep your home comfortable is lost through old windows and doors. Vinyl replacement windows couple with new doors can put an end to the losses.

No one can deny how important it is to conserve energy — not just because of the associated costs of energy waste but because of the toll it is taking on the environment. Responsible homeowners are taking the steps to cut back on their energy use. However, it can be hard to cut down on energy use when you are dealing with old windows and doors.

Getting serious about conserving energy takes commitment and requires that you really evaluate your home to assess where the problem areas are. New windows and doors are a great place to start and can have a profound change on your energy consumption.

 

New Windows and Doors Are a Win-Win

When you choose Burbank replacement windows and doors as your home improvement project, the rewards are numerous. With these new additions, you can:

    • Improve aesthetics
    • Enjoy the quiet
    • Save energy

 

Vinyl windows can easily upgrade the look of your home. When you replace doors and windows on your home, you can increase your curb appeal tremendously. Of course, with new windows and doors, you also can keep the noise outside where it belongs.

You can do what is right for the environment, for your wallet, and for your lifestyle with one easy choice. Replacement doors and windows may be one of the best choices you ever made for your home.

If all of the above was not enough, you can also hang up the paintbrush when you upgrade your windows. No more scraping away the old paint. No more worries about painting. All you need is a hose and a few minutes to wash off any buildup.

 

Do what is right for the environment and do what is right for your home by choosing to replace your windows and doors. For more information, please contact us today.