Doors and windows can add beauty and style to a home, but if something gets broken, they can let water leak in or send your energy bills sky-high. Doors and windows protect the interior of your home from the elements, so it’s important to keep them in good repair. They can take a lot of wear and tear, so it’s easy for something to get broken or worn. As part of every home inspection, Riecken looks closely for a number of issues with every door and window in your home. Here are a few of the most common issues I have come across over the years.
1. Deteriorated or Missing Weather Stripping
Air leaking through doors and windows will cause higher energy bills. It will also allow your home to build up with dust faster.
2. Fog/Condensated Windows
This happens when the thermal pane seal has popped, and gases have escaped. There will be condensation in-between the two window panes. In some cases, the window can be resealed. However, in most cases, the window will need to be replaced.
3. Windows That Won’t Stay Up
All windows should move freely and be able to stay up if lifted so an exit can be made if needed in case of an emergency.
Damaged windows or doors are not only unsightly, but can even pose a safety risk. If you notice any of the issues listed above, it is best to get it repaired as soon as possible to protect you and your family and to save on costly future repairs if the damage gets worse. Seemingly small issues like missing weather stripping on a door can really be costing you hundreds in monthly energy bills. Any damage to your home should always be repaired as soon as possible to save you time and money in the future.
This blog post is part of a series on Common Home Inspection Issues. Please see our other posts for more information about other areas of your home.