The 2014 Cost Vs. Value Report prepared by Remodeling magazine shows that you can recover about 68% of your costs for a midrange window replacement project in the Middle Atlantic region. The right window replacement in Connecticut can also enhance your property’s curb appeal and help you save on energy usage.
As new windows offer many benefits, they should be installed properly, otherwise, you may not get the most out of your home investment. Here are three signs of improper window installation you should know about:
Even the tiniest gap can lead to an air leak and result in a drafty window. The windows must have the right size before the installers put them up. Trying to fit one with an incorrect size may put it at risk of gaps, chips, and other structural damage that may affect its performance.
To check for air leaks and detect gaps, perform the building pressurization test. Turn off all combustion equipment, such as water heaters and furnaces. Close all your doors and windows and light an incense stick. Move it around the window frames. If the smoke is pushed inward, air is leaking through a gap.
- Leaks & Improper Removal of the Old Windows
Depending on the type of installation that your installers will use, they may need to remove the old trim, sash, and other hardware. If you have an existing double-hung window, the contractors may also need to take out the weights and pulleys. Additionally, they must inspect for any damage on the framing, drip cap, and flashing, which can create a tight barrier to prevent leaks. If water leaks around the windows and into the walls, then they have not installed the windows properly.
- Insufficient/Incorrect Insulation
An airtight installation is important to guarantee that your windows can prevent indoor air from leaking out of your home and outdoor air from getting through. If the contractor used a wrong type of insulation, your windows may break or bow.
Enjoy your new windows and make them last for a long time by making sure they’re installed properly. To learn more about proper window installation, get in touch with Renewal by Andersen® of Connecticut. We offer high quality window replacement CT residents love and trust. Call us now at (860) 904-1931 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate.