With winter just behind us here in the Twin Cities, spring rains are right around the corner. If you live in a home with older windows, this is the time of year when minor problems can become more than just a nuisance. Leaky windows can be frustrating because they’re easy to overlook when it’s dry, but when the rain comes, the problems arise again. Unfortunately, minor window problems today can easily become more serious damage to your home’s walls and interior down the road.
At The Window Store in Minnesota, our experienced window contractors offer a wide range of window solutions for your home. In this post, we’ll talk about how we can help you address leaky windows and save yourself a headache down the road.
Here are a few common window problems that often lead to leaky windows:
1. Improperly Installed Flashing
The flashing around your windows consists of either metal or a rubber membrane that covers the wall opening around the window. When your window’s flashing is installed incorrectly, this can cause problems that allow moisture to infiltrate your home.
2. Aging Frames
One of the most common reasons for older windows to leak is frame warping. After decades of exposure to the sun, rain, heat, and cold, wood frames can begin to warp and sag. Vinyl and metal can also start to lose their shape after many years of use. Anytime the shape of a window frame is damaged, this can create gaps that allow water into your home.
3. Damaged Seal
A professionally installed window is a watertight window. When a window is installed the right way, the window contractors use sealant or caulk to create a completely watertight seal. Over time, this material can age and begin to crack. Modern caulk, which uses silicone, is more durable than yesterday’s acrylic-based compounds, so newly-installed windows are far less likely to leak due to seal problems.
Your Twin Cities Replacement Window Experts
Even small, barely detectable leaks can allow moisture to seep into your walls, damaging the wood underneath and allowing mold and mildew to take root. Whether your window flashing, seal, or frame is the culprit, a new replacement window will stop your leak in its tracks while paying off in added security and energy savings.
The window and door experts at The Window Store can help you choose a replacement window that’s right for your home and your budget. To speak to a Twin Cities home improvement pro, give us a call at 612.353.5780 or fill out this form for your free consultation and quote.