Five Things Your Windows Are Trying to Tell You

Five Things Your Windows Are Trying to Tell You

Your windows obviously give you a good look at what’s going on in your neighbor’s front yard, but they are also a clue to what’s going on in your own home.

Condensation between panes, windows that stick when you try to open them and drafts that sneak in around the window casing are all things your windows are trying to tell you about your home.

Take a look at five things your windows want you to know:

  1.  My tracks need to be cleaned.

Does your casement window stick when you try to open or close it? Sometimes dust and debris can build up in the tracks. Use a damp cloth to clean them out. You can also use a lubricant on the moving parts.

  1. I am letting outside air inside your home.

Can you feel a draft around your windows? It could be that your weather-stripping needs to be replaced. If the weather-stripping is missing or peeling off, try replacing it.

It could also mean your window has warped or wasn’t installed correctly. A quick and temporary fix could be using a plastic film heated with a hair dryer that will create an airtight seal.

Drafty windows are best fixed or replaced immediately to stop the leak of heating and cooling dollars that are being wasted. According to Energy Star, windows that qualify for ENERGY STAR rating save you about $424 a year in the Mid-Atlantic when they replace single-pane windows. Let our experts at Thompson Creek Windows evaluate your drafty windows for a free estimate on energy-efficient replacement windows.

  1. The condensation you see is a problem with your humidity levels.

The condensation on the interior side of the window means you need to adjust your home’s humidity level.

Often seen in bathrooms, condensation can build up on the inside of the windows, an indication that there is too much relative humidity in the home. While it is not an issue with the window, left unaddressed and the moisture can lead to mold growth in the home. Improvements to the home’s ventilation system can fix the problem. A properly functioning fan and humidifier can do the trick.

  1. The condensation between the panes usually means replacement windows are in order.

Double pane windows are vacuum sealed using gas between the panes as an insulator. If there is condensation or a foggy appearance to the pane, the seal of the window has failed. Broken seals decrease a window’s energy efficiency and invite condensation, and mold and mildew growth between the panes. Replacement of windows with failing seals is important to maintain an energy efficient home and maintain the comfort level of your home’s environment.

  1. I’m leaking water around my frame.

Older wooden frame windows require maintenance to avoid cracking, warping and rotting. Left untreated and these windows will leak and allow drafts to enter your home. In addition the moisture coming in from the frame can lead to mold and mildew growth. Even worse, this leaking can get into the drywall and studs of your home creating infrastructure damage Replacing your old wood frames with new vinyl replacement windows will make a big difference in you energy bills and thermostat regularity. And it will save you time and energy since Thompson Creek’s quality, custom windows are maintenance-free!

Our experts at Thompson Creek have decades of experience understanding what your windows are trying to say. We can inspect your current windows and determine if replacement windows are right for your home. And it’s all backed by a No-Hassle Warranty! Call us today for a free estimate for your replacement window project.

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18 thoughts on “How To Hire A Great Home Remodeling Contractor

  1. My husband and I want to remodel our kitchen, but we’ve never done this before and could use some help. Your article had some great tips for how to hire someone like this, and I liked how you said to have an in-home consultation with a potential hire, and to ask about their licensing during this. We should only hire contractors with readily available licensing information, and we’ll keep this in mind during our home remodeling project.

  2. My home is over fifty years old, so I think it would be great to remodel it. I completely agree that one should look for information on remodeling contractors on the BBB; I can see how this would help find honest and upright businesses. Thanks so much for all the wonderful tips on hiring a remodeling contractor! Hopefully my home looks nice and new soon!

  3. My wife and I want to remodel our house and hire a remodeling contractor to help us with it. I think you make a great comparison between established and new remodeling companies. I’ll have to talk with my wife if we want to focus on established or new companies in our bid.

  4. I loved when you mentioned how an experienced company can help you get good results. We are planning to build an extra room to our house. Choosing someone that has great reviews can help you get great results.

  5. One of the important things to keep in mind when looking for a home improvement contractor is the fact that they should be insured just in case an accident happens while they’re working on your property–and at the same time, your house should be insured as well! Another thing to check for is their licenses to operate so that you’re certain that the services you’re hiring are legitimate and available. If I had the chance to hire a contractor to help renovate my house’s interior I would always check first for their licenses to make sure that they’re allowed to conduct their business.

  6. My husband and I want to remodel our old, outdated bathroom, and your article had great tips for choosing a contractor that could help us with this. I liked how you said to hire someone that is insured and bonded, and has general liability and auto insurance. Thanks; we’ll keep this in mind when hiring a remodeling contractor.

  7. You said that we should make sure that our contractor is licensed. I could see how this would be important. It would be crucial for a commercial contractor to be insured too because they are building bigger things.

  8. Thanks for pointing out that you should always check to see if a contractor is licensed and insured before requesting a quote. My husband and I are looking into residential home remodeling contractors because we think it’s time to update our house a little bit. I think that knowing that they were licensed and insured would just help give me peace of mind and help me know that they knew what they were doing, and were going to do a good job.

  9. I like how you told us to consider if we want the job to be done or if we want it done right the first time. This is great to think about, especially because I’d rather have it done right the first time. I’m going to look for a remodeling contractor to help me redo my whole kitchen and living room. I want my house to have a better setup!

  10. I like the tip that you gave to choose a remodeling contractor who will offer warranties on their work. My wife and I have been talking about finding a contractor because we might remodel our kitchen, and it would be important for us to be confident in our choice of who we should hire. If we decide to find a contractor, I will be sure to look for one who will offer warranties on their work.

  11. I like the tip that you gave to choose a remodeling contractor who is properly licensed. My wife and I have been talking about finding a contractor to help us if we were to remodel our kitchen, and it would be important for us to know that we could find one who we could trust in. If we choose to find a remodeling contractor, I will be sure to look for one who is properly licensed, so I could be confident in hiring them.

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