Windows are a home’s first line of defense, and they get a lot of use throughout the year. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that windows occasionally sustain damage because they frequently withstand extreme temperatures, rain, hail, wind, snow, sleet, ice, and other weathering elements. Even though window technology has come a long way in recent decades, you may still need to replace your windows due to damage. At Valley Glass, we specialize in installing high-quality residential glass. We also work hard to ensure policyholder satisfaction. We can assist you in filing an insurance claim for your home if your window glass is damaged.
Even the tiniest crack in the windows of your home can result in higher utility bills and interior damage over time. A window can be damaged in a variety of ways, from natural elements to vandalism. However, windows can be replaced no matter the extent of the damage. To ensure that your home remains safe and energy-efficient, it is important to invest in high-quality glass that is installed by experienced technicians, like the ones you will find at Valley Glass.
Common Causes of Window Damage
As a homeowner, you expect your windows to withstand the weather throughout the year, including a range in temperatures and storms. Even though modern technology gives you more assurance that your windows will last a very long time, there is still a chance that they will be damaged by things like weather, temperature, age, and other forces that are out of your control. It is important to have your windows inspected from time to time so you can catch any minor damage early on.
Temperature and weather conditions are frequently the most significant causes of window damage. Cracks begin to form in your windows as the weather and fluctuating temperatures affect them. There are two primary types of window cracks: stress fractures and cracks from pressure.
Stress fractures: If they are not fixed correctly, these small cracks around the window frame’s edges will continue to grow into a network of fractures.
Pressure Cracks: Pressure cracks break in the shape of an hourglass and necessitate the immediate replacement of the window. This type of damage is typically found on windows with double-pane or insulated glass.
The windows’ structural integrity can be significantly compromised by extreme temperature fluctuations. Let’s say it’s an unusually cold day, so you turn up the heat to keep the temperature from dropping too low. Due to the significant temperature difference, small cracks may begin to form near your window frame.
Storm damage can have an impact on the condition of your glass whether the storm is large or small. High winds, snow, ice, and hail can all compromise the strength of your windows in the winter, while violent thunderstorms in the summer may also cause damage.
Look for dents, cracks, or other damage along the glass’s pane after a hail or ice storm. Verify that there is no damage to your windows if a fallen tree branch comes into contact with a window. Call our professionals to repair or replace your windows as soon as you notice any dents, cracks, or complete shatters.
Moisture that is left behind by the weather is another way windows can be damaged. Performing a window inspection is absolutely necessary, particularly in humid regions. Mold, mildew, and other damages brought on by humidity can end up costing you money in the long run.
Despite your best efforts, accidents that result in window impact damage are bound to occur. Cracks or shattering in a window can be caused by physical forces like a rock thrown from under a lawnmower, birds flying at high speed, or your kids’ poor aim. When abruptly slammed shut, windows are also susceptible to damage. You should open your windows with care in order to decrease wear and tear over time.
Age of Windows
The age of your windows is another common cause of window damage. Homes that are older and have old windows are more likely to be damaged. If your windows are old and damaged, you should think about getting new ones that are more energy efficient and last longer.
Replacing Your Damaged Windows
When your windows get damaged, you need to get them fixed or replaced quickly. You can call us for a window inspection whenever severe temperature fluctuations, storm damage, or external forces affect your windows.
A complete replacement is usually required. Even though this may appear to be a more expensive option than simply repairing a small crack or dent, it guarantees that your window will perform well for many years to come. When done right, windows keep out the elements and keep warm and cold air in, keeping your home energy efficient.
The fact is, if your windows are damaged, you need to replace them. One of your home’s best defenses against harsh weather and the elements is its windows. You need to get them replaced as soon as possible. If you are unsure about the current condition of your window, give us a call for a home inspection. You can also contact us if you want more information on what type of windows we install and what the best options are for your home.