The last thing you want is for your Plano, TX windows to go bad, but before you fix broken window panes inside a rotting frame, it’s good to know what you’re looking for when you inspect the frames for damage. Windows go bad as years go by and you don’t want to waste money repairing something that is going to break again. It is better to get replacement windows with a completely new frame than it is to fix something that will break down again and again. Here are a few things to look for when you are inspecting your window frames for damage to assess whether or not they can be repaired.
Feel For Wood Rot
If you have wooden frames, the biggest damage you will encounter is rotting wood. Feel around the frame and press a little on the wood. If you feel any soft wood or areas that are brittle, the wood is rotting rom water damage. If you have rotting wood on the interior or exterior of your window frames, you really need to get new frames to make the most of your windows. Once rot settles in, it won’t heal itself and can’t really be repaired.
Watch For Bubbling And Cracking
When you are looking at your windows from the outside, look for bubbling and cracking areas in the siding around the frame. Inside, look for the same on the walls. These blemishes will tell you that your frames have allowed water inside around them. This damage might be small for now, but it will get larger as time goes by so it is best to get new windows installed right away.
Check For Gaps
You might not be able to see gaps around the window frames, but frames can warp over the years and you can feel air passing through to the home. On a windy or chilly day, stand near your window and feel around the frame. You might be able to feel air pass through to your home and in that case, getting a new window is best for your home’s energy efficiency. You can also check for gaps by looking at your window sills and frames after a rainy day. If there’s water inside the home, your frames have gaps in them and need to be replaced.
How are your Plano, TX windows doing? There are some damages that only a professional eye will catch, but if you know even a little bit about windows, you know they shouldn’t have gaps that allow in air and water. You can inspect your windows for the above items and if they have any of them, call the professionals at Foster Exteriors Window Company for further help. We’re here to answer your questions at (214) 319-8400 and you can set up a free consultation at the same time. You can also take a look at different windows we offer in our showroom at 1350 N Buckner Blvd #216 Dallas, TX 75218 where we’ll gladly compare rating labels with you and help you figure out the best choice for your home.