While spring rain helps your garden grow, it can also hurt the exterior of your home. Excess moisture opens a costly can of worms that leaves homeowners shelling out hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs.
In order to keep more money in your wallet, it pays to be prepared on how spring rain can hurt your exterior. Here is some insight on how to protect your home from moisture damage this spring with replacement windows.
Safeguarding Your Home from Spring Water DamageYour windows have a big task to tackle. They’re responsible for keeping your home dry while lowering your utility bills. Over the years, spring showers can take their toll on your replacement windows from an aesthetic and performance perspective.
When you’re looking for water damage on windows, it will be most prevalent on windows made from wood. Wood window frames are very susceptible to moisture damage as well as mold and mildew growth---especially when they’re not properly maintained. You’ll want to look for signs of damage such as excessive peeling, rotting, and even wood window frames that rot away.
Vinyl replacement windows are resistant to springtime water damage. Weep holes in your windows also help keep water damage at bay. Window weep holes are designed to drain water out of your windows while preventing airflow into your home. Small flaps cover the holes that prevent wind from making its way inside. Furthermore, the exterior weep holes are not aligned with the interior weep holes, which blocks out direct airflow.
Prevent Mold GrowthIf you’re experiencing excess moisture around your windows, keep an eye out for mold growth. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, if wet areas on the inside of your home are dried within 24-48 hours, you’ll generally avoid mold growth. But when water is allowed to collect on your windows from the outside, mold may have a prime opportunity to grow.
Condensation is another water-based issue that you may experience during the spring and summer months. Some level of condensation is normal, especially when the humidity is high. According to Energy Star, window treatments that allow air to flow over the window’s surface can help reduce indoor condensation. If you have condensation between the panes, reach out to your manufacturer---you might have a broken seal.
New windows can prevent mold growth since vinyl isn’t a porous material. This makes it next to impossible for mold to grow and thrive.
Get Springtime Protection for Your Home with New Replacement WindowsVinyl windows are the best choice for safeguarding your home against the elements. Please contact us today to schedule a free quote or if you have questions.
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