Window installation is meticulous work that takes skill, training, precision, and the right tools. Unfortunately, homeowners don’t always choose professional installation on their replacement windows in Redmond, WA. Instead, they try to do it themselves or hire a general contractor for the job and realize too late that something went amiss. Here are the most common results of improper window installation:
Difficult or Noisy Operation
One of the first things you might notice about poorly installed windows is the difficult operation. Windows should open and close smoothly and without fuss. You should not have to muscle windows open or hear them rattle in the frame every time you use the crank or slide them on the tracks. Sticky windows are not just frustrating, but they can also be a safety hazard if ever there is an emergency.
Windows Not Level
Do you feel like your windows don’t sit right or tilts a little to one side? You may be right. If you take out a level you can test to see if your window is square or if it really is lilting to one side. It may not seem like too big of a deal now, but a window that is not level can develop issues down the road. It is important to get this problem fixed as soon as possible.
If your caulking is sloppy or messy it could you’re your windows may not have proper seals and could eventually develop leaks. Window professionals work caulk with a steady, precise hand. They take time to make sure they fill and seal all the gaps.
Gaps and Drafts
Speaking of gaps, if you notice any gaps around your window frames that is a clear sign something has gone wrong. Professionals use precise measurements to make sure the windows fit snug inside the frame. They also shore up the window and seal it in place with spray insulation. If you see any gaps you need to get them fixed quickly.
Condensation on the exterior surfaces of the glass is common. This just comes from moisture condensing when warm air comes in contact with a cold surface. It should come and go on its own and not be a cause for concern. But fogging caught between the panes of glass is not common. This clearly indicates the seals on your new windows were broken in transit or during installation.
Moisture Leaks and Water Damage
The last thing you may notice is signs of water damage. If your window has a leak you might only see discoloration at first. Eventually, the problem will get worse and you might see peeling paint, sagging drywall, mold growth, or other types of damage. Water leaks are not something to take lightly.
Don’t waste your investment on poor installation. Always work with professionals when installing replacement windows in Redmond, WA. At Signature Window & Door Replacement we will get the job done right the first time. To set up a consultation call us at (253) 887-7792. Or to check out some of our favorite brands and product lines visit 22613 68th Ave. S. Kent, WA 98032.