A Lasting Solution to Window Leaks
Do you notice your windows leaking when it rains? Rain and wet weather are perpetual conditions in the Pacific Northwest. Keeping warm and dry is a priority, as is keeping the rain and moisture outside of your home. Inevitably, window leaks occur and can range from mildly bothersome to downright dangerous. It’s important to know why your window is leaking, to be aware of the serious problems it can cause, and to know how to fix the problem effectively.
You can stop your windows from leaking by calling SFW Construction today! As one of the most reputable home renovation and repair companies serving the Northwest for over a decade, we can help you waterproof your home and preserve its integrity and value as well as safeguard your health from humidity related hazards.
The Damage Leaking Windows Can Cause
First of all, we need to understand why a leaking window is problematic and could be a sign of other problems in the structure of your home. If you live in the Pacific Northwest where it rains on average 156 days in a year you will want to make sure your home is built to last, waterproofed and ready to handle any of the different elements that could damage or enter the home.
Leaking windows cause household damages. A leaking window presents many household complications. Unwanted water seeping into your home and down your walls can cause structural and property damages as well as electrical hazards. Sopping wet carpet is not healthy, and wet floors are slippery and present potential slip and fall situations.
Leaking windows lead to rot and mold. Build-up of water around your window, wall, floorboards or floor can lead to mold and rot problems. Rotting wood becomes malfunctional and, in the case of dry rot, can spread throughout your home, causing deterioration and decay. Mold is a serious health hazards for many people and can cause or worsen a range of respiratory problems, including asthma.
Leaking windows may indicate siding or roofing leaks. Leaking windows are not only problematic in and of themselves, they may also indicate leaks in your siding or roof, which will necessitate repair. The build-up of moisture in the inner walls of your home can cause structural rot or mold, which will also lead to deteriorate and decay as well as compromising the structural integrity of your home. In either case, you will benefit from the professional home repair and window repair services offered by SFW Construction.
Leaking windows reduce aesthetic appeal and home value. Leaking windows may lead to discolored walls around the window frame or mold and mildew on it. In either case, the aesthetic charm of your home is compromised, as is its value, longevity, and desirability.
Leaking windows increase heating and cooling costs. A leaking window may be due to ruptures in the sealant that protects your home from the outside weather and can indicate an opportunity for cold air to come in during the winter and your heat to escape. Fixing this problem makes your home run more efficiently and reduces these household costs.
Some Problems That Cause Leaking Windows
While leaking windows are common in older homes due to the natural deterioration process, leaking windows are typically caused by problems in three main areas: design, maintenance, and installation.
Problem Area #1: Poor House Design: If your home was designed without any overhang to protect your windows from rain and wind, it will be more susceptible to leaking windows. When the board above your window, known as the fascia, is angled towards the window, it will become more inundated with rain and likely to leak more easily.
Home design problems or construction defects are easily solved by SFW Construction via home renovation work specifically tailored to meet your unique home design needs.
Problem Area #2: Inadequate Window Installation: A window must be properly installed to keep the moisture out effectively. Any gaps in the window flashing enable moisture to get inside your home. Installation that only uses housewrap without window flashing is very ineffective because it will allow moisture to penetrate the wall around the window. Proper window installation, with perfect sizing, premium window flashing, and reliable sealant, is essential to fix this problem.
Problem Area #3: Lack of Maintenance: All aging homes experience deterioration around the windows. Caulking may get loose and begin to peel away, glazing becomes cracked and vulnerable to moisture, and the paint that seals the window molding can disintegrate. Good home maintenance requires attending to these eventualities. Window frames also wear down and deteriorate with repeated use and need to be replaced from time to time.
Structural problems also cause leaking windows. Ruptures or gaps in your siding, as well as loose roofing or an unsealed chimney, may also cause leaking windows. Having a professional window repair technician at SFW Construction inspect your home for all possible unsealed areas will provide the most accurate assessment and solution to leaking windows.
Long-Lasting Window Leak Repairs
The most important step to correctly repair a leaking window is to have your window and window frame examined by a professional window repair specialist. Our highly trained team of window repair professionals at SFW Construction are extensively experienced in inspecting leaking windows, diagnosing the full extent of the problem, and implementing window repair strategies that work over the long-term. If the leak doesn’t get repaired correctly your windows will continue to leak when it rains creating additional damage.
Professional window flashing is the solution! Having your window and window frame installed properly with quality window flashing is essential to creating a waterproof home. Window flashing entails using construction materials to prevent water from inundating your window by directing the water away from the window frame.
Whether high winds blowing rain at sharp angles against your home or the sheer force of a constant deluge of heavy rain, window flashing is the only way to ensure that your home is not permeated by moisture. Effectively sealing your window requires flashing that guides the flow of water away from the window.
Stop Your Windows from Leaking Today!
SFW Construction is the superior window repair and home renovation construction company in the Pacific Northwest. In tandem with window repair, as a licensed general contractor, we regularly provide, full-scale carpentry, siding repair, roofing, and structural renovation. Our quality crew of trained professionals are thoroughly experienced in all manner of construction and can handle any home repair needs that are associated with your window repair service.
For more information leaking window repair contact us today.