Windows are an essential feature of every home because they offer natural light, extensive ventilation, security and aestheticism that can help to boost the property’s market value. This is why window replacements, when they’re needed, are so important. However, window installations are costly procedures, so you should be on the lookout for any signs that your windows were improperly installed. If you don’t notice, these badly fitted windows could cause damage to your home.
The Windows Don’t Open or Close Properly
One of the most noticeable signs of bad window installation is the windows not opening or closing as they should. If they are stiff and you struggle to push them out and pull them back in, the windows likely weren’t measured correctly before they were fitted. Fluctuating temperatures throughout the year can also cause your window frames to warp, so badly fitted windows will become more misshapen and be even harder to open and close securely.
Water and Cold Air Are Getting Into Your Home
If your windows have been installed correctly, they should be totally sealed and secure, keeping warm air in and cold air out. Any water seeping inside is also a huge cause for concern because it causes excess moisture to build up and form black mould. If you’re constantly feeling a draught coming from your closed windows, there might be gaps between the windows and the frames. You should check for any gaps and then employ a professional to seal them up immediately.
The Windows Don’t Fill the Whole Open Space
If you can see some space between the windowpanes and their frames or between the window frames and the sill, your windows have been fitted badly. If these are window replacements, it will be even more obvious to you that they don’t completely fill the open space where your old windows were. These gaps might be small, but they can lead to huge problems, like the aforementioned draughts and dampness.
The Windows Make Strange Sounds
It’s fairly normal for older windows to creak a little when you open them due to age, but new windows shouldn’t be making any strange sounds. If they are creaky, squeaky or stutter as you move them, the windows might have been measured too wide for the space, causing them to be forced into it. Similarly, if you can hear the sound of rushing air after you close the windows, they were likely measured too small, causing excess room for air to seep through.
The Overall Job Looks Messy
A professional contractor will know exactly how to properly complete a window replacement, so the finished job should look spotless. Messy caulking is a sign that the contractor didn’t clean it up before it dried, which will ruin the look of your windows and windowsills. Any leftover smudges or bits of debris also indicate that the contractor was impatient and skipped the final touches. The fillers and adhesives often used could cause damage to the glass if smeared on the windows, so large smudges are a clear sign of a bad window installation job. A finished job is a job well done, so keep your eyes peeled for any mess that could suggest something is wrong with your windows.
Window Seal West is proud to have been providing high-quality windows for Calgary and Canadian residents over the past ten years. Not only do we provide the best windows – direct from the manufacturer – but we also offer our clients with invaluable services that can make their homes stand out from the crowd. We offer window installation and window replacement in Calgary for all residents who need it. Our prices are affordable so that anyone can get it. If you need windows in Calgary, and throughout Alberta, we are the team for you. Contact our Toll-Free number on 1-888-818-4211