More than simply an aesthetic feature, windows can protect your home in numerous ways. They can help to maintain a pleasant temperature inside by keeping out heat and cold; they can keep out unwanted intruders, including animals or even criminals; they can shield you from rain, snow, and the elements. Of course, in order for windows to do all of these things, they need to be in good working order, which is why protecting your windows against damage is a vital task for any homeowner. Take a look at some of the most common causes of window damage!
The primary cause of window damage is for the glass to break or shatter. Window glass is quite sturdy, but an object with enough force—whether it’s an errant baseball or even a bird—can be enough to cause your windows shatter. It’s important to repair shattered windows right away, so look into replacing the window altogether or simply fixing the broken pane of glass. Or, to try and avoid the problem altogether, purchase windows made from reinforced glass or install functional shutters, grilles, or other accessories that can protect your windows.
The exterior of your windows take a beating from the elements: intense heat during the summer, bitter cold and snow during the winter, strong winds and rain throughout the rest of the year, and even storms that can send debris flying into your windows. This exposure can trigger significant damage to your windows, including deterioration of the window frame caused by fluctuations in temperature or humidity and from the accumulation of moisture as well as potential for broken glass due to storms. Depending on the weather and climate patterns in your area, look into purchasing windows that can stand up to whatever Mother Nature can throw at them, such as moisture-resistant vinyl windows for the Northeast or Pacific Northwest where rain is common.
Like anything else, windows get worn down with age. You can mitigate the wear and tear that your windows endure by conducting maintenance throughout the year, like clearing them of leaves, snow, and debris during the fall and winter.
Windows that don’t fit properly, potentially due to improper installation, can cause water as well as air from outside to enter your home, leading to water erosion or drafts. Check your windows to make sure that they fit well, and if you replace your windows, consider having them installed by a professional.
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