Windows are essential to keeping the elements out. On top of serving as the most noticeable hardware of your home’s exterior, they play a key role in ventilating and insulating your home as well as ensuring good comfort levels throughout your property. To enjoy the benefits of your replacement windows in Rhode Island, they should be put up properly. If you have newly installed windows or you plan to buy some soon, it’s important to know how to distinguish a proper installation from a bad one.
At Renewal by Andersen® of Southeastern Mass and Rhode Island, we are the name to trust for high-quality replacement windows. Here are a couple of things you have to look for to know if your previous windows were improperly installed:
Sashes That Don’t Fit the Frame
Some installers may use a sash that is a bit smaller for the window frame. When this happens, air and moisture may leak through, which may eventually result in mold and mildew growth. Exposure to mold may lead to health issues, such as respiratory problems and allergies. Leaks could also increase your home’s energy consumption as your HVAC unit will have to work harder than it should to maintain comfort in your home.
On top of these risks, leaks borne from incorrect choice of sashes will also lower your home’s comfort levels, especially during the more demanding seasons, such as summer and winter.
Replacements that are not properly aligned may have undetected gaps, which may cause major drafts and increase your energy usage overtime. When not promptly fixed, moisture may damage your walls and other parts of your home. Moisture also damages the windows themselves, especially on the frames. This, in turn, results in poor insulation and shorter service life. In some cases, too much moisture can actually cause premature shrinking of window frames, which exacerbates the drafts and will generally make your home more uncomfortable.
To detect leaks, close all doors and windows. Make sure combustion appliances are turned off and exhaust fans are turned on. Pass a lit incense stick around the edges of the window frame. If the smoke is blown into your room, you’ve found a draft. You can also touch the window frame. There are drafts when there are sections that are cold to touch.
There are many reasons these issues happen. One is that the installers do not have enough training or experience in installing windows. To avoid these problems, only get replacement windows in Massachusetts from a trusted company, such as Renewal by Andersen of Southeastern Mass and Rhode Island.
Our replacement windows are made with the highest-quality materials backed by strong warranties. We use our proprietary Fibrex® composite material, which affords our windows the stability and security of real wood, but with the low-maintenance properties of vinyl. Fibrex also has higher durability, weather tolerance and high heat gain resistance. This makes our windows more energy-efficient and long lasting, too.
On top of this, we fit all of our windows with high-performance glazing that further improves their energy efficiency. When you work with us, our team of experts will help you pick the right glass for your new windows.
Our team doesn’t only offer top-rated products, we provide exceptional services, too. As we are factory-trained, you can be confident that we’ll install your new windows using the right techniques and with utmost care. Contact us to learn more about our products and services. We offer window installation services for homeowners in Worcester and Rhode Island.