Windows can have some problems that are necessary to avoid if you want your home to retain its value and to be safe to live in. There are several common issues that arise with windows, including warping, bowing and fogging up.
Each of these conditions shows that there is a problem with the construction of your home or windows. If the defects aren't addressed, they can make your home less energy-efficient and impact your ability to live in your home safely.
1. Warping windows
The first possible problem is a window that warps. Warping is a common issue with wooden windows. Alongside warping is often rotting, which further damages the window frame. There are several kinds of warping including:
While some of these are less serious than others, it's important to have a contractor come to look at your windows if they're warping in any way. Warping can cause a permanent bend in the window, and rotting can eat away at the wood and make your windows unsafe.
2. Bowing windows
Bowing windows deserve more discussion as a form of warping. Why? Bowing affects the length of the window. This can make the window push inward or outward, potentially going as far as to come loose. On top of that, bowing can mean that your window is letting in bugs or that its waterproof seals have broken, paving the way for further damage.
3. Fogged-up windows
The final thing to recognize as damage to your windows is when you notice condensation and fogging between panes. Usually, this means that double-paned windows have a crack or are no longer sealed, which allows moisture to enter between the glass panels.
You can tell if there is a seal failure by attempting to remove the condensation with a towel. If the seal is broken, you won't be able to remove the condensation, since it's inside the area between the glass panels.
These three kinds of window damage can lead to other problems. If you notice them, you can make a claim through your insurance or may be able to see repairs through a warranty, if you have one.
If your windows were installed incorrectly, the party who installed them may be asked to return and redo the project, depending on the circumstances leading up to the windows' defects. Your homeowner's policy may cover the necessary repairs to keep your home safe and to protect its value.