September 3, 2020

PREPPING RESIDENTIAL GLASS AND WINDOWS FOR THE FALL

Fall is approaching, and if you are a homeowner, it is a great time to prepare your windows and residential glass for the cooler seasons. Before it gets cold, you should address any issues with your windows since neglecting them can result in expensive repairs and higher energy costs. Here are some pointers from Glass Inc. to help you assess and repair your windows to get the most out of your home this season.

Cooler temperatures are a nice change after a long hot summer. The new season allows your home's cooling system to take a break, but it can also reveal issues such as drafts. If that's the case in your home, some windows may need a simple bead of caulking where others could require a completely new seal. With that in mind, consider the following items when assessing your residential glass windows. 

INSULATED GLASS 

As you assess your home's windows, look for windows with bad clarity. If you notice that a window on your home is difficult to see through because of condensation, then the glass is probably leaking, and it needs to be replaced. Residential glass windows are made out of insulated glass and designed to improve your home's energy efficiency. The glass has multiple panes with non-harmful argon gas and a desiccant component between them. The gas minimizes the transfer of heat while the desiccant component absorbs moisture.  When the window leaks, its energy performance greatly diminishes, leading to expensive heating bills.

WINDOW SEALS

Windows need to seal properly to retain the heat in the fall and prevent cold air from entering. When a window does not seal correctly, it can allow for drafts, making your heating system work overtime and energy costs jump. An easy remedy for drafts is to apply caulking on a leaking window. 

WINDOW SILLS

The exterior of your home is also an important area to assess. Exterior window sills wear over time, and as they degrade, they may move slightly and become misaligned. In that case, rainwater can either collect around the sill and leak into the home or damage the surrounding area. Typically, this requires a more extensive method of repair.

After evaluating your home, if you discover issues with your windows and residential glass, they should be addressed as soon as possible. In doing so, you minimize the chances of the problem escalating into a more serious and costly repair. In addition, your home will be at peak energy efficiency before the temperature drops to near freezing or below. 

The fall season is coming, and it's a great time to get out and inspect the windows and residential glass on your home. In some cases, a do-it-yourself approach is sufficient to repair the damage. However, if you find yourself in a position where the repairs require a professional, Glass Inc. is here to help. The shop has serviced Atlanta, GA since 1956 and offers a complete catalog of residential, commercial, and automotive glass services. To speak with our staff, give us a call today!

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