Regular inspections can help you spot air and water leaks from your doors and windows, which lets you address minor problems before they become major ones. In this blog, replacement window and siding contractors Silver Leaf Contracting shares a quick guide on how to inspect the doors and windows in your home.
Why Do You Need to Inspect Your Doors and Windows?
Every home has what is called an energy envelope, an enclosure made of the attic, exterior walls, and everything installed on them, including entry doors and windows. This insulated enclosure helps prevent thermal transfer, which causes heat loss during cold days and heat gain during hot days. The better the insulation, the lower the indoor heating and cooling requirements, which results in energy savings. Leaky windows and doors would allow heat to easily pass through. They would also let rainwater through gaps, which could raise indoor humidity levels.
Performing Window and Entry Door Inspections
First, look for signs that leaks may already have occurred. Replacement window and rubber roof companies like us recommend you start with the areas where weatherstripping would be installed on, as these components can deteriorate in a few years. Water stains would be evident, particularly at the window sill. Check the window sashes and make sure they’re aligned properly: if you have trouble opening and closing them, then there may be alignment problems. Do the same for the entry doors, particularly around the frames and weatherstripping at the bottom of the door.
If your windows have double-pane glass, check for signs of condensation, particularly where on the glass this happens. If moisture collects on the interior or exterior surfaces, your windows are fine; if it does so between the glass panels, it means the seal is broken, which means heat would freely pass through the affected windows.
What Happens Next?
First, review your window and door care and maintenance manual for instructions on how to replace weatherstripping. Some manufacturers allow store-bought weatherstripping, others need ones supplied by the manufacturer. If the windows and doors appear to have alignment problems or signs of leakage as described above, call your door and window contractor.