Multipane windows offer better energy efficiency, insulation and weather protection than single-pane units. They feature multiple panes of glass and between them are insulative gas, such as argon and krypton. Seals keep these gases inside and maintain the energy-saving properties of your windows. However, they can break for several reasons. When that happens, you must contact a reputable window contractor immediately.
Keep reading to find out what usually causes seal failure in windows.
While window seals are designed to stand up against the elements, they can only take so much. Certain types of seals can also suffer damage from excessive exposure to moisture during storms. Once the seal breaks, water and air can enter the unit. Water can cause the metal components or some weatherstripping materials to corrode.
Normal Wear and Tear
Windows become more prone to problems as they approach the end of their life. Seal failure is more likely to occur in older windows. It can indicate that it’s time to invest in better replacement windows. When this moment arrives, make sure to hire a reputable window contractor.
The position of your windows can make them prone to the effects of temperature extremes. Drastic temperature changes can sometimes be detrimental to window seals. They can cause some seals to warp, shrink, sag or crack. If the seals of your windows have been compromised, they will no longer be energy-efficient.
Another common cause of window seal failure is poor installation. If your contractor makes mistakes during the installation, the window seals can develop damage. It could also be possible that the sealant was defective or didn’t set properly.
Choose a dependable window company for your project to make the most of your investment. At Renewal by Andersen® of British Columbia, we install some of the most energy-efficient windows and doors on the market. Call us at (604) 200-1025 or fill out our online form for a free in-home consultation. We work with clients in Vancouver and Delta, BC.