Your windows protect your home from the elements of the outdoors, but are you confident that every crack and crevice is keeping the summer heat and winter winds out? As your windows age, normal wear and tear can gradually create dents and cracks around the windows.

Holes in the frame, edges, or crevices of your window allow air from the outdoors to enter your home. This causes your air conditioner to work longer and harder to control the temperature indoors. So, how can you be sure that your windows are as energy-efficient as you think they are, and how can you reseal them if they aren’t? Emergency window repair is easier than you might think.

How to Check and Seal Your Windows in 5 Steps

Materials

  • Candle or incense
  • Lighter or matches
  • Caulk Softener
  • Putty Knife
  • Towel or soft rag
  • Tube or tub of window glazing
  • Caulking gun
  • Tube of caulk

Step 1. Conduct a smoke test.

Wait for a windy or breezy day, then hold a lit candle or incense close to the window seams. If the flame bends or the smoke blows toward your home, then you have a draft. Repeat this test with all of your windows – making a note of which windows have a breeze.

Step 2. Inspect the caulking around your windows.

Exterior caulk tends to dry out in the summer heat and can create gaps and cracks that let in water and air. Check all the windows, even the ones that weren’t drafty, to see if the exterior or interior caulk has been damaged or is wearing down. Make a note of which windows need to be repaired and add it to your list of windows that are drafty (if there are any differences).

Step 3. Remove loose glazing and old caulk.

Now that you know which windows need repairing, apply caulk softener to old caulking and let it soak for two hours. Using a putty knife, remove any loose glazing and caulking from the frame, interior, and exterior of your window. This will give you a clean slate to work with, and eliminate the chance of new glazing or caulking flaking off with the older layers.

Step 4. Apply new glazing.

Using a towel or soft rag, clean the surface where you’ve removed loose glazing and old caulking. You’ll want a dust-free surface for the glaze to adhere. If you’re using a tub of window glaze, use your putty knife to scoop out the glaze and apply a smooth slope along each pane of glass. For best results, apply at a 20- or 45-degree angle. Otherwise, cut the tip of the window glaze tube at a 45-degree angle and use a caulking gun to apply the window glaze. Let it dry as directed in the instructions.

Step 5. Apply new caulking.

Cut the tip of the caulking tube at a 45-degree angle. Insert the tube into a caulking gun and gently apply pressure. Move the gun along the seams in a smooth motion. If you need to fill a larger gap, move more slowly to ensure the caulking fills the space adequately. Wet your finger and smooth out the caulk to give a clean, finished look. Let the caulk dry as directed in the instructions.

Signs Your Home Needs a Window Replacement

Sometimes your windows need more than an emergency window repair. Signs that your window(s) needs to be replaced include:

  • Your windows are 20 years or older
  • Your window panes or frames are cracked or damaged
  • Your window insulation is minimal or nonexistent
  • Your window is still drafty after replacing the glaze and caulk

For more signs that it may be time to replace your entire window, read this related blog.

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Windows boost your curb appeal, give you opportunities to enjoy the outdoors from the inside of your home, and protect your home from dust, debris, and pollen, but how do you know when they need to be replaced? And, are there benefits to whole-home replacement versus single windows at a time?

How Long Do Windows Last?

When properly installed, windows keep UV rays out, insulate your home, and prevent harsh weather conditions from damaging the interior of your house – but, for how long? The life expectancy of your windows varies depending on the type of windows your home currently has.

  • Double-pane windows last up to 20 years
  • Aluminum windows last up to 30 years
  • Fiberglass windows last up to 40 years

You can extend the life of your windows by installing humidistats, washing them regularly, and hiring professionals to provide routine maintenance.

Signs You Need to Replace Your Windows

Typically, you won’t need to replace your windows before their expiration date, but there are certain scenarios that may result in you needing to replace them before then. Some reasons may include:

  • A windowpane has been cracked
  • The frame around the interior or exterior is damaged
  • There’s a draft around your window
  • There’s condensation between the panes
  • Your windows aren’t properly protecting your home from UV rays
  • House renovations inspired a differently-shaped window design
  • Your windows aren’t properly insulated
  • Your windows weren’t properly installed

Are Window Replacements an All or Nothing Deal?

The quick answer is no. When it comes to replacing your windows, you have several options. You can replace every window in your home at once, replace a single window, or even replace the glass within the frame of a window. There are pros and cons to replacing your windows one at a time, and the decision of how to proceed comes down to you.

Pros of Whole-Home Window Replacement

  • Discounts are provided to homeowners that replace all their windows at once
  • Projects are completed sooner
  • Uniform window frames improve curb appeal

Cons of Whole-Home Window Replacement

  • Expensive to do all at once
  • Inconvenient to have projects going on in every room

If you’re still not sure whether you want to replace all of your windows at once or one at a time, you should contact a window professional to discuss your options.

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Your windows provide a barrier between you and the elements of the outdoors – pollen, dust, dirt, heat, and more. They’re essential to your home, but they don’t last forever. Double-pane windows should typically be replaced every 15-20 years, but when you’re looking to improve efficiency, fully replacing your windows isn’t your only option. The other option is to replace the glass within the window frame, but which option is best for your home? What are the pros and cons of each solution?

Benefits of Repairing Window Glass

Whether a lawnmower has propelled a stray rock through your window, or broken seals are causing condensation between window panes, replacing the glass of your windows is often a more viable option than replacing your entire windows. Convenience isn’t the only benefit to replacing the glass in your window – you can also:

While it can be tempting to save money by replacing the glass of your windows — especially DIY — there are things you should consider before proceeding. If your window frame is damaged, old, or worn out, then replacing the glass won’t do much good for lowering your utility bill. Efficient windowpanes won’t make up for an inefficient frame. If you’re only replacing the glass, water protection and other insulation can’t be added – which can lead to mold, water damage, or inefficient windows.

Benefits of Replacing Window Glass

Depending on the severity of your windowpane damage, it may make more sense to replace your entire window. When you replace your entire window, you can:

  • Take a more detailed approach to window replacement
  • Increase or decrease the size of your window
  • Add or change insulation
  • Add water protection
  • Energy efficiency is heightened

While there are many pros to replacing an entire window, there are still cons to consider. The cost of replacing an entire window is higher and takes longer than simply replacing the glass. If you’re only replacing one window, you may have trouble finding the same frame as your other windows – which results in lower curb appeal. It’s possible to replace entire windows on your own, but you should really hire an expert to ensure optimal energy efficiency and quality.

Which Option Is Best For You?

It can be difficult to determine which option is better for your home. Before making your decision, stop and think about why you need to repair or replace your window. Do you have a slight window draft or does your frame have a broken windowpane? Use the lists below to determine which side your needs align with the most.

Repair Window Glass

  • The frame is still intact and in good condition.
  • You have a smaller/tight budget.
  • You want to increase energy efficiency.
  • Your frame is square and level.
  • A single pane is damaged.
  • You windows are properly insulated.

Replace Window Glass

  • The frame or interior/exterior of your window is damaged/worn out.
  • You have a moderate/large budget.
  • You want to increase energy efficiency.
  • Your frame is unique, you want to make your existing windows more unique, or you want to change the size of your windows.
  • A single pane or multiple panes are damaged or outdated.
  • Your windows need more insulation or water protection.

If you’re still not sure which option is best for you and your home, contact a windows expert to fully weigh your choices.

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All homeowners want to allow some natural sunlight into their home, but too much sunlight can have negative effects on your house, your budget and even your health. There are many reasons that homeowners may want to install reflective home window tints.

The Top 7 Reasons to Install Window Tints

1. Protect your skin from potentially harmful UVs

Installing reflective window tints in your home could cut back the sun’s potentially harmful rays, by up to 90%.

2. Increased energy efficiency

Window tinting will help to preserve your air conditioning in the summer by repelling heat that is trying to enter your home. Tinted windows also help keep heat in during the cooler winter months.

3. Protect your furniture

Preventing extra UV rays from entering your house will help protect your furniture, carpets, artwork from sun damage.

4. Eliminate and reduce glare

Tinted windows help to reduce and eliminate all the glare that hits your TV, computer and phone screens.

5. Increased privacy

Window tinting gives a homeowner the best of both worlds. This treatment still allows light into your home, while blocking your home’s interior to an outside audience.

6. Improved security and safety

Window tinting makes windows harder to break and it also helps hold glass fragments together, after an impact. With tinted windows, broken glass fragments won’t shatter and spread.

7. Decorative style

Even though tinted windows add more substance than style, they can add a nice decorative touch to any home.

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When most people think about windows, the first thing that comes to mind is an image of glass panes allowing sunlight into your home. In addition to giving you this sense of warmth, they also provide you and your family with views of the scenery outside. That said, there are many ways to incorporate windows into your home’s interior decor, and doing so provides several benefits.

Benefits of interior window walls

1. The Illusion of More Space

Back in the 1980s, homeowners thought it was a good idea to install mirrors along entire walls to make interior spaces look bigger. At that time, this style of decor was all the rage. However, in today’s day and age, it would make your home look outdated. Interior window walls take care of that issue while still allowing your home to have a timeless look.

2. Classic Decoration

Remember those mirrored walls we mentioned above? While there are trends that only last for a few years, certain architectural elements withstand the test of time. This is why Victorian and colonial homes have enjoyed such great curb appeal throughout the ages. This is also the case with French windows. Whether on exterior or interior windows, it’s a look that is attractive throughout the decades, and even centuries.

3. More Natural Light

Windows on exterior walls allow sunlight to light up the room, while interior rooms often remain darker. Now, in addition to simply looking better and providing you with more vitamin D, there are even more benefits to having more natural light indoors. These include reducing energy costs, improving your mood, and making your home more attractive to potential buyers.

4. Increased Home Value

While there are plenty of homebuyers who purchase homes and later do renovations, if you want to get top dollar when selling, it’ll help if your home looks attractive and the buyers get to keep touch-ups to a minimum. Interior window walls provide beautiful decorations, which are also practical and keep your home looking elegant.

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Your home is probably your pride and joy. Yet, even with all of the good memories and the safe haven it provides, it seems like it’s a never-ending quest to keep everything maintained in proper order. Mowing the lawn. Changing air filters. Recaulking windows. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Among all of the issues that may arise, there’s always the fear of mold. It’s unsightly, it affects your health, and can cause costly damage to your home. So what can you do to prevent its growth on your window sills?

What Causes Mold to Grow on Windows?

Mold requires two things to thrive (1) moisture, and (2) organic matter to feast on. This means that pretty much any window in humid Texas is a prime environment for mold to grow, especially if the frame is made out of wood.

Other factors that increase the likelihood of mold growth include increased temperatures, accumulated dirt, and condensation due to the substantial temperature change from indoors to outdoors.

Why It’s Important to Prevent Mold on Windows

Mold can cause a lot of damage to property, the most common issues being:

  • Rotten wood, which compromises the structural integrity of your home
  • Reduced indoor air quality
  • Unpleasant smells in your home
  • Water stains along the roof and walls
  • Respiratory issues for family members with asthma

How to Prevent Mold from Growing on Your Windows

There are several things you can do to prevent mold growing on windows:

  1. Keep the fan on your thermostat set to “on”. Maintaining a steady airflow around your home prevents moisture buildup. By the same token, if your bathrooms don’t have an exhaust fan, make it a priority to install one, regardless of whether or not there are windows in your bathroom.
  2. Wipe away condensation. Wiping away condensation prevents moisture from accumulating on your windowsills and penetrating the frames. Use a dry sponge or towel to soak up the moisture.
  3. Install a humidistat.  This little gadget is affordable and regulates the level of humidity inside your home. For optimum levels, keep humidity at 40% during the warmer months at 60% during winter. In addition to keeping moisture down, it also promotes energy efficiency with your air conditioner, so it’s a win-win.
  4. Inspect your windows. If you live in a particularly humid climate, take the time to do a thorough inspection of your windows. Mold typically starts growing at the bottom of the windowsill. If you see any mold growth, clean the window frames with a mixture that’s 50% water and 50% bleach before drying it up with a towel. Wear gloves and safety goggles while cleaning it.
  5. Recaulk your window frames. While you’re inspecting the windows for any signs of mold, look to see if you can feel any drafts coming in from outside. If so, use a damp cloth to wipe the frames, dry it up, and apply a new layer of caulk around the windows.
  6. Keep your home clean. Since both moisture and dust particles provide mold with fertile ground, letting dust to build up inside your home is an invitation for mold to set up shop on your window sills.

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Homeowners always want the best type of everything for their property. A robust roof, attractive siding, an HVAC system that works efficiently, and windows that are visually appealing as well as functional. A functional window keeps UV rays out, insulates the home properly, and helps resists the harshest of weather conditions.

Since so much is expected from windows, what is their average life expectancy, and can you do anything to make them last as long as possible?

The Life Expectancy of Windows

Not all windows are created the same. Some are double-paned, some are hurricane resistant, some are made with fiberglass, while others are insulated. Therefore, their lifespan will depend on their materials. That being said, if you know what type of windows you have in your home, you can get an accurate range for their life expectancy.

  • Double-paned windows can last up to 20 years.
  • Aluminum windows can last up to 30 years.
  • Fiberglass windows can last up to 40 years.

Now, “up to X years” means there’s a possibility the windows might not last that entire time. This is where proper maintenance comes in. There are several things you can do to ensure that they last toward the higher end of that range, such as:

Install a Humidistat

This is especially important in a state as humid as Texas. A clear indication that there’s too much humidity inside your home is seeing condensation in your window panes. This is a device that allows you to regulate indoor humidity by adjusting it according to seasons. Not only will this be beneficial to keep your windows in top shape, it’ll also reduce the likelihood of additional issues brought on by humid conditions, such as mold.

Wash Them Regularly

Have you ever tried to open a window or sliding door, only to discover that it’s jammed? It’s frustrating and also preventable. These jams are caused by dust and dirt buildup. Clean the tracks with a dry brush, then pressure wash the panes.

Provide Maintenance

How do you provide maintenance to windows other than washing them? Glad you asked! You can do so by inspecting them closely to see if you notice any cracks on the glass, or calk that has broken off around the frames.

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Windows play so many roles in our homes: they let natural light in, serve as insulation, provide protection from the elements and bugs, improve energy efficiency, and add curb appeal. Yet, despite all the great things that can be said about windows, they do have one unnerving characteristic: Sometimes, they break for no apparent reason.

As frustrating as this can be, it’s helpful to understand why this happens and what you can do to prevent it.

Is Spontaneous Glass Breakage Normal?

While rare, spontaneous glass breakage does happen sometimes in double-paned windows, due to the pressurized gas between the panes.

It can also happen to tempered glass, which is a tougher type of glass that has been treated with heat and chemicals to withstand high impacts.

Causes of Broken Windows

There are several things that could cause a window or tempered glass to spontaneously break.

  1. Thermal stress. This is what happens to double-paned (or double-glazed) windows when there’s a significant difference between the temperature inside and outside of your home. [Please link What are the Benefits of Double Glazed Windows blog when published].
  2. Large or narrow windows. Square windows distribute weight evenly. However, longer windows are exposed to more stress due to weight variances. This increases the risk of spontaneous breakage.
  3. Damaged edges. Whether during the manufacturing, storing, transportation, or installation process, windows can endure scratches and chips. If it goes unnoticed at the time of installation, it can result in spontaneous breakage as the glass contracts and expands during temperature changes.
  4. Improper installation. There are many factors that should be considered when installing windows, such as the pane’s dimensions, stress, and pressure. These influence the safety of the window as additional pressure on certain portions of it can increase the likelihood of breakage.

How to Prevent Windows From Breaking

The most important thing you can do to prevent windows from breaking is to hire experienced professionals who will take into account extreme temperature changes as well as your home’s structure.

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Owning a home means having to stay on top of everything: a working HVAC, a solid roof, landscaping, and replacing windows to name a few.

In addition to the standard upkeep practices, there are other items that may have come to your attention, such as installing low-E glassupdating your home’s siding, or glazing windows.

What Is a Double Glazed Window?

Despite sounding like what you might like on a donut, when it comes to windows, “glazing” refers to how many panes of glass are in it. Depending on the manufacturer, they may be referred to as “single paned” or “double paned” windows.

5 Benefits of Double Glazed Windows

While single paned windows may be fine, there are many benefits to having a second pane, such as:

  1. Energy efficiency. An air conditioner will keep working until your home’s inside temperature matches what you set on the thermostat. If extreme weather conditions are keeping your home too hot or too cold your HVAC cycle will stay on attempting to reach that set temperature and you will see the results on your energy bill.
  2. Keeping your home comfortable. Double panes help to keep even temperatures throughout your home. This is because the gap between the panes adds an extra level of insulation to your windows.
  3. Peace and quiet. How wonderful would it be to walk into your home and not hear everything that’s going on outside? Kids yelling, neighbors partying, cars driving by; not an issue for you anymore.
  4. Reduce the risk of mold. Have you ever noticed condensation on your windows? This is caused by the difference in temperature between the inside and outside of your home. With the additional insulation between the two panes, the likelihood of condensation and mold growth in your home is decreased.
  5. Protection. Double glazed windows are harder to break than single-paned windows. Even if you live in a secure neighborhood, it’s wise to install windows that are less likely to crack easily.

How to Clean Double Glazed Windows

You can clean the outside panes with distilled water, vinegar, and newspaper. These materials will prevent streaks.

The space between the panes should remain clean due to the manner in which the window is sealed. If you see dirt or condensation between the panes, this means the seal has been compromised and the window should be replaced.

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Home ownership comes with many joys: Having a place to call your own, gaining equity with each mortgage payment, and designing and decorating as you please. It also comes with additional expenses. If the roof leaks, if a water pipe bursts, if the toilet stops working, it’s all on you.

That said, while some necessary fixes are obvious and emergent, knowing when it’s time to replace your windows can be ambiguous. In a best-case scenario, your windows will leak allowing conditioned air to seep out resulting in elevated energy bills. In a worst-case scenario, your hometown endures a destructive storm or hurricane and your windows are damaged.

12 Signs You Should Replace Your Home’s Windows

If you’ve had your home for a while, or if you recently purchased a house, pay attention to the following signs to determine whether you need to install new windows:

  1. It’s hard to open or close the windows
  2. You feel a draft when you walk by a window
  3. Your energy bill has increased
  4. Furniture or decor placed in direct sunlight is fading
  5. You can hear most noises happening outside
  6. Cracks on the panes and/or the frames
  7. Windows don’t lock properly
  8. Windows look old or outdated
  9. Replacement parts have been discontinued
  10. Windows leak when it rains
  11. Windows only have one pane
  12. There’s condensation between panes

How Long Do Home Windows Last?

The lifespan of your home’s windows depends on the materials they’re constructed with. If they are aluminum or wood, they can last up to 30 years. If they’re fiberglass, they can last up to 40 years. Vinyl windows typically last between 20 and 40 years. And double paned windows can last up to 20 years.

Although, there are factors that can reduce the lifespan:

  • Poor installation
  • Structural settlements of the house
  • Pressure washing
  • Heavy condensation (this can be ameliorated by installing a humidistat)
  • Harsh environmental factors (such as constant sunlight or rain and wind)
  • Lack of maintenance

How do you provide maintenance on windows, you ask? We are happy to help.

Wash Windows Regularly: This prevents dirt buildup, which can cause them to jam. Pressure wash infrequently and use low pressure when you do. Clean the tracks with a dry brush. Do this for windows and for sliding glass doors.

Annual Window Inspections: Look for cracks, dents on the frame, or parts of the caulk that are cracked or have broken off. If these issues go unchecked it could cause your home to become drafty, increase your energy bills, and allow water leaks.

Should I Replace All Windows at Once?

If you have the budget to do so, replacing all windows at once may result in a discount. However, doing so is a big investment, so it’s fine to replace them individually over the years. It also depends on why you want to replace them. Is it functionality (e.g. it’s too hard to open the windows, they’re damaged, your home is drafty) or is it aesthetics?

Is it solely for aesthetic reasons; are you trying to sell your home? Replacing windows will significantly improve its curb appeal and raise your home value.

Whether your windows are affecting the quality of life inside your home, failing to protect you from the elements, increasing your energy costs, or you want to improve the look of your home, talk to us to discuss pricing options.

Improve Your Home’s Appearance With Help From Allied Siding & Windows

If you’re a Texas resident and your windows need professional attention, let Allied Siding & Windows help you! We are a proud James Hardie® Elite Preferred Contractor, hence, you’ll know you’re working with one of the best window installers in the industry. Contact us for more information about our services or stop by one of our showrooms in Austin, Dallas, or Houston!