5 Most Common Problems with Old Windows

Windows in the home help improve energy efficiency, protect the home from the elements, provide light and ventilation, and contribute to the aesthetics both inside and outside. That said, windows are often one of the most neglected features of a home. Homeowners don’t pay them much attention until something starts to go wrong. And as windows age, there are a number of problems that can require window replacement in San Marcos, CA. Here are just a few of the most common to watch for:

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1. Broken Window Panes

It seems obvious, but still, many homeowners ignore a broken pane on their windows because only the outer pane is broken. They don’t think this has a big impact on the window. The truth is, a broken pane can mean leaks. And leaks can be expensive energy losses depending on the location of the window and the size of the damage. Also, cracks can start small and grow into a much larger problem, especially if it goes unnoticed. If you do notice a crack on an old window, you should get it replaced as soon as possible.

2. Water and Air Leaks

Over time and due to exposure to the elements and fluctuating temperatures, the seals on windows start to corrode and break down. Seal failure is often unnoticeable until you start seeing condensation between the panes, water damage, or a skyrocketing energy bill.

3. Sticky or Stubborn Window Operation

Have you ever had to muscle a window open or closed? This is a common problem with older windows as debris builds up on the tracks, parts break down, and frames start to warp. But a sticky frame is more than just a standard annoyance. It can be a true safety hazard if you need to use that window as an exit during an emergency. You can repair some sticky windows by cleaning the track and lubricating it with a silicone spray. But if the problem remains you might have a warped frame or damaged mechanics, and a replacement window is the only solution.

4. Damaged Frames and Dilapidated Screens

Old window frames are more prone to fading, warping, chipping, denting, and rot. And while the initial problem may start off small, damage can spread and eventually windows will look so rundown it can age the rest of your home. Aesthetics may seem superficial, but if a window looks worn out it probably has several other more functional problems as well.

5. Noise Penetration

Few people realize how noisy their old windows are. That is until they get replacement windows and can make the comparison. But if you live by an airport, busy street, or public park the transmission of noise will be more obvious. Just as old windows let in air and moisture, they can also allow noise to pass right through.

If your old windows show signs of some of these problems, it is time to think about window replacement in San Marcos, CA. At Pelican Replacement Windows we can help you find the right products and upgrades to suit your needs and your budget. Contact us at (760) 598-6422 to schedule an appointment. Or visit us at 2210 La Mirada Dr., Vista, CA 92081.

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