Efficient window seals help prevent heated or cooled air from escaping your home and they also eliminate drafts. A broken seal will let the gas between the panes escape and make your windows inefficient.
Read on to find out what causes window seal failure from a leading provider of energy-efficient windows and doors.
Over time, the window seal will fail. Update the weatherstripping on your windows as recommended by your manufacturer to maintain its efficiency.
Mold is destructive to many parts of your home like windows and sliding contemporary doors. Not wiping the condensation in your window can result in mold growth, which can destroy the seal. As soon as you notice mold or discoloration, wipe it away with an alcohol-based cleaner. You can also use vinegar to kill the spores.
Extended exposure to extreme temperature changes can cause some window seals to crank, shrink or sag. This will make the weather protection of the windows less effective.
While window seals are made to resist weather extremes, they still have limitations. Certain types of seals can lift when constantly exposed to water. Seals that are not flush with the window frame can allow water and cold air to enter. Moisture can also cause metal parts and some types of weatherstripping to rust, eventually leading to corrosion when not addressed.
Your manufacturer may have outlined specific kinds of cleaners you can and can’t use for your weatherstripping. Make sure you perform the maintenance required to keep the weatherstripping intact, according to the material it’s made of.
At Renewal by Andersen® of Phoenix, all our windows are designed to last for years and significantly improve your home’s energy efficiency. We also specialize in sliding patio door and hinged french door installation. Call us at (602) 562-1176 or fill out our online form for a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Phoenix and Scottsdale.