6 Common Causes of Window Failure

Windows are exposed to age, use, and the elements. They don’t last forever and eventually, you will need replacement windows in San Marcos, CA. Fortunately, most quality windows last about 30 years and you will only need to replace them once, maybe twice in a lifetime. That said, there are several factors that contribute to window failure. Here are some of the most common to be aware of:

1. Poor Installation

Premature window failure is most often caused by faulty installation. It is a process that requires skill, precision, training, and proper tools. One small mistake could cause damage to the window or the home. This is why window installation is not a project homeowners should undertake on their own.

2. Accidental Damage

Another common window failure is broken glass. Usually, this is the result of accidental damage from an impact. Even if just one of the panes is cracked the window has lost efficiency and the broken seal can lead to more serious problems. You will want to get these windows repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

3. Neglected or Improper Maintenance

To prolong the life of your windows you need to take care of them. This means routine cleaning and maintenance with the proper tools. There is no reason to use harsh chemicals, abrasives, or power washers on your windows. In fact, the use of these items most certainly leads to premature window failure.

4. High Humidity or Moisture

It doesn’t come from just rain. High humidity or moisture can come from plants, fish tanks, cooking appliances, washers, and showers as well. If your windows are constantly covered in condensation that drips down into the assembly this could lead to other problems with water damage. As can leaks that come in from outside. If you notice discoloration, peeling paint, or warping around your windows don’t wait to investigate the problem and repair it.

5. Extreme Weather

Window materials contract and expand due to temperature fluctuations. And unfortunately, not all of the materials change at the same rate. This tends to wear out seals. So if you live in an area where temperature fluctuations are common, windows will not last as long as they would in areas with a mild climate. This isn’t a common problem in our area.

6. Age, Wear and Tear

The simple fact is that with age and time windows will eventually fail. Things like cranks, weights and balances, springs, wheels, and tracks will wear out and break. There is only so much repair and maintenance you can do. At some point, it will be time to invest in replacement windows. And choosing quality products from a professional window contractor will ensure those new windows last for another 30 years or more.

Looking for replacement windows in San Marcos, CA? Give the experts at Pelican Replacement Windows a call. Contact us at (760) 598-6422 or visit 2210 La Mirada Dr., Vista, CA 92081 for more information or to set up a consultation.

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