When you are looking at getting new windows, you may be tempted to DIY the job, or hire the cheapest company you can find. After all, the windows are the most important part, right? Get good quality windows and how can you go wrong? Unfortunately, even with high-quality windows you can go really, really wrong. When you are getting new windows, you want to increase the comfort and efficiency of your home, and the installation matters. Read on to find out what consequences may come from a bad window installation, and how you can prevent that from happening by hiring Full Armor Windows and Doors!
You wanted new windows to seal up your home and be more comfortable through all of the seasons. But if your windows weren’t installed properly, you could have more leaks than you started with! The windows themselves may be high-quality, but if gaps are left during installation you will still have drafts seeping in. A skilled window installer will ensure that there are no leaks, no gaps, and that your windows are perfectly installed. Leaks could apply to drafts creeping in or, more troubling, to water seeping into your home. Gaps or cracks that cause water to pool can lead to damage to your home’s foundation or interior, and end up costing you more money down the road. New windows should seal out all leaks, both air and water, and leave you with a home that is comfortable all year long.
Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew growth are related to leaks, and continually leaking windows can provide a place for both to grow. Not only can mold and mildew eat away at your home’s structure, they also pose a health risk. When they grow behind the walls, or on the edges of your windows, you may not notice them until they become a more major problem. Don’t give either one a chance to grow in your home, and get your windows installed right the first time.
Your windows should seal out the exterior temperature and function very similarly to your walls in terms of heat retention and insulation. But if they are installed improperly, they might fog over or even ice over in very cold temperatures. This is due to them being installed with an air gap around them, causing the glass to get too cold and fog or ice over. Not only can you not see out of them, this condensation can also lead to mold and mildew problems and damage your window sills, walls, and floors. Proper window installation will help combat any problems of foggy glass.
If your windows are not installed properly, they can be difficult to close or open because they are not aligned correctly. Not only does this make it inconvenient to open them on a beautiful day, it can be hard to close them and, more importantly, lock them at night or when you are leaving for the day. Leaving your windows unlocked is just inviting someone to use them as an entry point into your home. Keep your home safe, and make sure when you have windows installed it is done right. Your windows should be easy to open, close, and lock, without sticking in the frames or needing you to apply excessive force.
Windows make a big contribution to the appearance of your home, especially your home’s exterior. If they are installed even a slight bit off-center or crooked it will be painfully obvious from your yard, and can really interfere with the look of your home. Inside your home as well windows make a big visual impact. If they are not installed properly, they may detract from your home instead of adding in the value they should. Window installation takes a great amount of care and precision, and at Full Armor we are proud to use our years of installation expertise to make sure that your windows are perfect. That is also why we offer a final walkthrough with the homeowner on every window job we do. We are proud of our work, and want to ensure that you are thrilled with your new windows. We also do a post-job cleaning to return your home to how it was before we started the job (or even better, because now you have new windows).
Obviously, if your windows aren’t functioning properly, you are not saving any money. In fact, you are probably losing money as air leaks out of your home. Window installation can be a costly home improvement, but it pays for itself over time with the money recouped in utility bills. New windows should make your home more energy efficient, saving you money, keeping you comfortable, and wasting less energy. Choose trusted window installers to make sure that your investment is not in vain.
As you can see, poor window installation causes many problems, and can make you wish you never tried to upgrade your windows in the first place. But when you choose Full Armor Windows and Doors, serving Ralston, Council Bluffs, and Omaha, you get professional window installersthat you can count on. We offer a free, no obligation, in home evaluation to look at your windows and talk about your replacement options. Contact us today to get started, and choose a window installer that will give you great windows that are installed correctly, every time.