Our customers know that they can call on Red Deer Home Repair for helpful advice as well as expert service and quality products. The following are some of the questions we hear most often from our customers. If you have a question that is not addressed here, or you would like to schedule a free estimate and no-obligation consultation, please contact our office.
Why is condensation and ice forming on my windows?
Condensation, frost and ice can form on windows that are exposed to frigid outside air on the outside and warm, humid air on the inside. Moisture in the room’s air is naturally drawn to the pane and forms condensation when the outside surface temperature drops below the dew point. As temperatures continue to fall, frost will form and harden into ice.
Frost can cause damage, especially to wooden windows. As it melts it will transfer moisture into surrounding materials, such as the window frame or a wall. This can lead to structural damage and encourage mould growth.
Why is water leaking from the top of my windows?
Windows can leak for a variety of reasons, including improper installation, worn parts, or a failure of sealing components. Water leaking from a window is not only unsightly and annoying; it can also lead to the growth of mould and mildew and cause damage to surrounding walls, floors, or even your home’s foundation.
Ice dams are another likely cause of water leakage in windows. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and forms a barrier that causes water to back up and pool on the roof surface. This trapped water can infiltrate your roof and spread to other parts of your home, causing damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other components. For more information about dealing with an ice dam or preventing their formation, talk to one of our experienced technicians.
What type of glass do I have in my windows?
There are a lot of options available when choosing windows. Here are the differences between single pane, double pane and triple pane windows:
Single pane windows are just that: one panel of glass in a frame. Double pane windows contain two panes of glass that are separated by a layer of gas. Triple pane windows are just like double pane but incorporate 3 panes of glass and two areas separated by gas. Each additional pane of glass and area of gas provides additional energy efficiency, sound suppression and durability benefits.
Single pane windows are rarely used these days because they lack durability and insulation. The best value is provided by double or triple paned windows because of their energy efficiency and extended service life.
Are you planning on replacing your windows?
Your windows are part of your home’s defence against the elements. But if your windows are starting to get old and are past their prime, they may be less effective in protecting your home.
Luckily, there are a few signs that you can watch for to know when it’s time to replace your windows:
If you have questions or want to get started on your project, contact us today!