Generally, homeowners don’t think about their windows beyond cleaning the glass. However, experts agree that a full inspection of your windows should be done twice a year. Once in the fall and once in the spring. Your windows do more than let the sunshine in or air out a room. A quality window system can protect your home from intruders as well as reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home. As the seasons change, the right windows will keep the heat out in the summer and the warmth in during the winter months.
No matter how secure your window’s locking systems are against a break-in, your windows can still take a beating from the elements. Weather patterns like hail, thunderstorms, and high winds knocking branches into your home can cause severe damage to your windows and their frames. When you take the time to inspect your windows thoroughly, you can spot vulnerabilities before they become more significant issues.
What Will I Learn From A Window Inspection?
With a window inspection, you will gain a clear picture of what state your window systems are in. When done by an expert, you can learn things like:
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- Were there any mistakes made during installation?
- Are there weak spots where a draft may be forming?
- Is the weather stripping failing?
- What is the actual age of the windows compared with their life expectancy?
What Is Involved In An Inspection?
An accurate inspection will include the exterior and interior of the window system. Followed by testing their functionality. It should be carried out in 3 steps:
#1 – Inspecting The Exterior Windows
The inspector will check the caulk around frame for cracks or signs it is pulling away from the exterior cladding. The outer window panes and the sill will be inspected for signs of cracks or impact damage. Finally, they will check any screens or shutters for damage like tearing.
#2 – Inspecting The Interior Windows
From inside the home, they will look for damage to the interior window panes and sills. The caulk around the internal window frame will be given a once over to make sure it is not failing. They will then check the walls and frames around the window for signs of water damage.
#3 – Functionality Testing
While still inside the home, the inspector will test the locking mechanism of the windows. They will also open and close the windows to ensure they are still able to move smoothly along the track. This is when the weatherstripping will be checked to make sure that it is still providing adequate coverage.
Trust The Pros With Your Window Inpsection
It may seem simple enough to check on the health of your own windows. But, some signs are easy to miss, and a trained eye is sure to catch. At Pro, we have over 12 years of experience with inspecting and replacing windows. We can get it done swiftly and in a manner that makes sure nothing is overlooked. If you have had windows installed by us in the past, you can request a free yearly inspection by contacting us today at 888-PRO-1998 (888-776-1998). You can also receive a free window inspection when you schedule a Free No-Pressure Window Estimate