Signs of a Failed Window Replacement and What To Do

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Are you thinking about upgrading your windows in the near future? Maybe you’ve already taken the plunge and have spoken to a local contractor about a window replacement project. Whatever the case is, replacing windows is a pretty big deal–one that can go horribly wrong if you aren’t prepared to inspect the work yourself!

Even if you think you’ve partnered with a reputable contractor, it’s always a good idea to visually inspect the completed work to make sure that it’s both up to your standards, and that it’s serving its purpose as a window. So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the signs of a failed window replacement and what you should do if you come across them.

There’s a draft around your windows that wasn’t there before

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One of the most telling signs of a failed window replacement is a draft that wasn’t there before. This can happen for almost any reason, such as changing your window style which may require a different frame. You’ll notice the drafts because the temperature in your home might drop, or you might notice your curtains and blinds shaking a little when it’s windy outside.

Ideally, you should contact the contractor again and have them inspect their work to make sure there are no drafts. However, if you’re in a pinch and really need to get it fixed now, then you can attempt to seal the leakage yourself. We wouldn’t recommend doing this and would suggest speaking to the contractor first. But if all else fails, then you’ll be happy to know that fixing a draft is (usually) not a complicated task.

There’s Condensation on Your Windows

Condensation isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can indicate moisture problems in your home. However, the more pressing issue is if there’s condensation between window panels if you recently got a double glazing unit replacement. This usually means that something has gone wrong with the seal between the two panels, thus allowing moisture to seep in between the two.

If this is the case, then we strongly recommend getting in touch with the contractor as this isn’t an easy thing for you to fix by yourself. If the seal is compromised and condensation is getting between the panels, then the only solution is to replace the entire unit.

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There’s a Water Leak

If there’s water leaking into your home through your window, then it’s a very clear sign that something has gone wrong. Water can leak around the window frames which leads to property damage, mold growth, and other structural problems. This can be incredibly dangerous over time and will create plenty of frustration for you.

Solve this immediately by speaking to the contractor. A water leak indicates that the window frame itself was not installed correctly. It’s likely that this problem will be accompanied by visible physical damage, such as cracks, gaps, and warping. These are all indications that the contractor has not done their job correctly and you should speak with them as soon as possible to get the problem fixed.

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
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