In this post, you will learn…
– The difference between Full-Frame vs Retrofit Window Installations
– Which Type of Window Installation Is Right For You
– 8 Common Problems Caused by Poor Window Installation
As a homeowner, making the decision to upgrade your windows can be a very profitable choice.
From increasing energy efficiency and decreasing hydro bills to improving the overall aesthetic and property value of your home – there are a variety of reasons that upgraded windows can improve your quality of life!
Unfortunately, it is common for people to overlook the importance of a professional installation process and often suffer as a result of uninformed decisions.
As a bad window installation can negatively impact your home’s efficiency and expenses – it is important to understand your options and the common problems to avoid.
At Stouffville Glass, we pride ourselves on educating our clients with the knowledge they need to make the best decisions for their homes, their families and their budgets.
Before we dive into the common problems caused by a poor window installation, let’s have a look at the differences between full-frame and retrofit window installation options:
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FULL-FRAME VS. RETROFIT WINDOW INSTALLATIONS?
The difference between installation styles revolve primarily around the materials that will be replaced.
A full-frame window installation (also referred to as ‘brick-to-brick’ installation) requires all parts of the window to be removed. This includes casings, sash, trim, frame, jamb extensions and even brick moulds.
Retrofits (also referred to as ‘inserts’), however, only require that we remove the window sash, leaving the original frame and trim in place.
There are a variety of situational factors to consider when deciding on which installation process will work best for you.
In order to determine what type of window installation is right for your home, you should consider the age of your home, the current state of your windows, your budget and your style preferences.
WHICH TYPE OF WINDOW INSTALLATION IS RIGHT FOR MY HOME?:
The current state of your windows will have the biggest influence on your selection process.
For example, a full-frame installation would be the necessary choice when your current window frames are damaged or inefficient.
If your home is suffering from moisture damage and/or rot, you will also need to replace the full frame as the rot will spread easily unless removed.
On the other hand, a retrofit installation can easily replace the glass when the existing frame and trim are in good, working condition.
If you are happy with the overall performance of your current windows, this may be the better option for you!
Either way, the true performance quality of a window replacement will rely entirely on the installation process.
Although hiring a professional may seem expensive compared to doing it yourself, the risk of any small errors can often result in a variety of common problems and repair costs:
8 COMMON PROBLEMS CAUSED BY POOR WINDOW INSTALLATION:
Unprofessional and poor window installations can often go undetected until exposed to extreme weather.
It’s important to be on the look-out for issues with our windows before our energy bills start to climb, compensating for the draft that a bad installation can cause!
While many DIY-enthusiasts may want to attempt this installation themselves, any slight deviation can lead to a variety of structural and financial problems in the future.
To help you avoid disaster, here are 8 of the most common problems caused by a poor/unprofessional window installation:
Caulking is the clay-looking sealant you find around your windows that helps to seal gaps and keep pests and elements out of your home.
When caulking is poorly applied, it cannot properly do its job.
While there are several reasons why your caulking might be messy, a rushed job or improper cleaning are two of the major reasons your installation process may go wrong.
Problems Opening & Closing:
This problem can go unnoticed for a while, especially if you had your windows installed during one of the colder seasons when you’re not opening your windows as often.
Once the summer heat hits however, you may be in for a surprise.
Our windows may stop opening and closing with ease. Worse, they may even become stuck altogether!
This is a sign of damage to the window’s mechanical parts.
Rusted hinges, poor window installation and chipped frames are common signs of damage that will prevent your windows from opening or closing properly.
Fog Between The Glass Panes:
Some condensation on your windows is completely normal, but when your windows look wet without rain, this should raise some concern.
Condensation is not considered acceptable when you see it inside of the window panes. If this occurs, it is likely due to a poor window installation and/or structural inconsistencies.
If you notice excessive condensation, we recommend contacting your installer immediately and informing them of the moisture, as well as any other telltale signs of a poor installation that you might learn from this blog.
Drafts & Water Damage
If you’re noticing a draft coming from the windows (particularly more noticeable in the Winter months), this is a clear sign of an installation problem.
Leaks, however, are often easier to spot.
If there are wet stains on your carpet or mold along the base of your walls, these are good indicators that liquid is present.
If you don’t see the water, you’ll eventually feel it or smell it.
While fluctuations in temperature can cause bad windows to crack and warp at the frame, drafty windows can make your home uncomfortable and drastically increase your heating and cooling expenses.
Glass Stains & Discolouration
Another sign of a poor window installation is discolouration of the glass.
This problem can manifest over a long period of time and is often the result of water being let in by the window.
In this case, you might find the presence of a yellowish tint.
When discolouration and staining occurs, the problem will be very easy to spot but difficult to remove without a new, properly installed window structure.
Gaps Between the Sill & Frame
The most obvious sign of a bad window installation is a gap between the frame and sill.
This tells us that the installer failed to correctly measure the materials when installing your new windows.
While gaps aren’t always visible, they can be felt fairly easily.
Is your house breezier than usual? Are your energy bills rising?
These are often signs that there may be a gap in your window.
Unfortunately, gaps don’t just let air through, they also let in water which can damage the walls surrounding your window.
If mould begins to form, you can quickly find it peeling the paint and damaging the wallpaper in your home.
Older houses have a common problem of windows that shift and move over time.
Your window should fit perfectly in its place inside the structure of it’s frame.
While proper sealing involves an installation crew that carefully measures to ensure a level window installation, a poor sealing job can cause damage to your home’s insulation.
This minor oversight can often put your home at risk of drafts, water damage and increased energy expenses.
Increase In Energy Consumption
Out of all the problems on this list, this one is often least apparent until it is too late.
As poorly installed windows allow heat to escape from your home, this can have a huge impact on your monthly utility bills.
To keep your home as energy efficient as possible, make sure to hire a professional team to perform the installation with the skill and quality standards that you and your family deserve.
If you are interested in upgrading your home with energy-efficient window solutions, we at Stouffville Glass can help!
Click here or call our experts at (905) 640-4016 for a complimentary consultation.