Ordering new or replacement windows is a big deal. There are many decisions to make, and it is quite a costly procedure. Most window companies have specialists that can give you professional advice and help you with the decisions of which windows to choose. That is not the end of it; however, once you have ordered your new windows, they still have to be installed.
Why Does Good Installation Matter?
Having good replacement windows is not just about the style, color, or material of the windows; if the windows are not appropriately installed, your new windows will have problems and look unsightly. New windows must be installed in a structurally stable opening by a professional. The window itself needs to be level, stable, and properly sealed. If your contractor takes shortcuts and does not perform window installation properly, the consequences can be window failure, water leakage, and water damage to your walls. In addition to this, if you have chosen energy-efficient windows, gaps around the windows or they aren’t sealed properly will stop their energy efficiency property.
6 Common Signs Of Poor Or Incorrect Installation
Poor window installation leads to several common signs and issues that manifest and are a consequence of badly fitting windows or the windows being the wrong size.
The most obvious problem is a visible gap between the window frame and the sill. This problem can occur during window replacement or new window installation when the windows are not measured properly.
Another clearly noticeable sign is the presence of draughts. Draughts occur because there is a gap in the replacement window or new window somewhere. Cool air from outside enters through the gap and noticeably cools down your home. Not only will you notice your home seems cooler and there is a draught, but your energy bills will also likely significantly rise as you increase your heating to compensate for the temperature change
The presence of gaps in your windows won’t just allow air into your home, but they will also allow water to intrude into your home. This may begin as a small leak with water dripping, but if not discovered and left unattended, it can progress into major problems, including mold and mildew and water damage to the ceilings, walls, and even the foundations. Water damage becomes visible when it becomes serious; you will see mold growth, peeling paintwork or wallpaper, and blowing paster on the ceilings.
Condensation In Double Glazing
One of the most common and visible signs of bad window installation is condensation forming between double glazing panes. This occurs if the gap between the two panes of glass is not sealed properly and water vapor makes its way between the two panes.
Windows Not Closing
You may overlook this sign at first, not realizing it is a consequence of a poorly installed window. But the first time you open your new windows and then try to close them, it will be an obvious problem. In all likelihood, this has happened because your windows are not correctly packed, and the weight of the windows is making them drop, so they cannot align with the closure.
High Energy Bills
If you’ve recently had new windows installed, but your energy bills are increasing, this is a clear indication that your windows have not been installed correctly and there are gaps within the windows and frame. Poor window installation means that your boiler and heater have to work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Any gaps leading to draughts or poorly sealed windows will suck out the warmth. Poorly installed windows mean you end up paying a higher cost in the long run for your replacement windows because of the increase in your heating bills.
Steps That Your Window Installer Should Take
Correct, professional installation is crucial for the durability and long life of new windows. When you order new or replacement windows, there is a process with significant steps that your window installer should follow to ensure that the window installation is properly performed. If they follow all the steps, then there will be no problems and no reason to have to get window repair.
Assess The Old Windows
Before attempting to perform window installation, your window installer needs to look at your existing windows to see if there are any issues. If there are existing issues, your contractor can deal with the cause and make sure that your new window replacements are not subject to the same problems as the previous ones.
Confirm The Window Size
It is up to your contractor to double-check their measurements of your window size and shape. New windows and replacement windows need to be the perfect fit. They should have double-checked the measurements at the time of installation. If they don’t double-check their measurements and install the window and seal it, any problems will mean that the window will have to be removed.
Execute A Careful Placement
How your new or replacement windows are positioned in the frame is very important. If they are positioned correctly, there will be a level window with a secure fit and good energy conductivity. Make sure your window installer positions your windows properly and seals them to make them watertight.
Check For Code Compliance
If you have code requirements for new windows in the country that you live in, your window installer should be aware of these requirements and regulations. You can arrange for an inspector to visit your home to check that your windows comply with the requirements.
Quality Assurance Check
When your contractor has completed window installation, they should carry out a quality assurance check. This officially confirms that your windows are stable, there are no drafts or leaks, there is strong caulking, and inside and out, they are properly sealed… Your windows should look fabulous and be just what you ordered. Proper installation will ensure that they will last for many years.