Getting replacement windows for your home is more than just choosing the quality products with the right styles and proper functionality. It is true that a premium window with essential features is a great solution to save energy, increase comfort and curb appeal for your home. However, a high quality window can never achieve the optimal performance without the professional installation in the first place. It might be tempting to do a DIY project or hire a nearby technician to replace the old window for you, but you need to pay attention to details because a minor problem could lead to serious results in the long run, considering the harsh weather conditions in Canada. Here are some of the common issues that come from faulty window replacement:
The last step of window installation is caulking. Basically, you will put on the caulking evenly around the window to protect your home from outside elements. Although it sounds easy, you should never neglect the importance of it. For proper seals, a professional window installer needs to be careful about making sure everything is square and level without any holes or gaps.
One minor mistake in the beginning will cause risks and troubles to your insulation. Even an unnoticeable crack will develop into a big hole with the help of outside rains, snows and storms, resulting in high energy bills for your home. Moreover, caulking takes a few weeks to fully dry and settle, you will need to come back to check if the seal is even and continuous.
Difficulties in Operation
Another problem you may encounter with poor installation is that the window locks might not latch properly. The window might swing open too easily with a heavy wind. Or you may need to use force to open or close the window. In most of the cases, you will just tolerate it as long as it is still functional, but you may not realize the potential risks as the tear and wear continues. This is especially important if you have children at home, you don’t want them to be hurt by the heavy windows.
On one hand, It might not provide the necessary protection, convenience and comfort for your home. On the other hand, it is a waste of your high quality windows because you paid to have them, but they don’t perform as you expected because of the unprofessional installation. That is why you need the professional installation to ensure the proper functionality in the first place.
Glass Stains & Discolouration
Another sign of a poor window installation is discolouration of the glass. This problem can manifest over a long period of time and is often the result of water damages. In this case, you might find the presence of a yellowish tint. When discolouration and staining occurs, you can notice the problem easily, but it will be difficult to fix it. You will need a professional window installer to handle the issue.
Increase In Energy Consumption
Usually when you replace your old windows, you pay to increase the efficiency and comfort. However, if the new window is poorly installed, the heat can still escape from your home and brings a huge impact on your monthly energy bills.
Buying new windows with exceptional insulation features is a big investment for your home. It is always recommended to hire a professional team to perform the installation with the skill and experience that you and your family deserve. A professionally installed window should last as long as 20 years. At NorthShield, we also provide lifetime warranties to give our customers peace of mind.
If you are in need of new windows or doors, we strongly recommend that you contact our team for a free in-home estimate. No matter the type of windows, you can find an ideal one to match your home style from NorthShield’s premium collection. More importantly, we offer customization options for you to choose the colors, grills and frames. The outstanding triple pane vinyl windows that we carry have the highest energy efficiency, which has been a perfect solution for the extreme Canadian weather.
Contact us at (204) 272-3725 (Winnipeg) or (905) 326-3444 (Toronto) to schedule your free quote on a windows replacement by our expert team. Our expert window installers are all certified and insured to perform the professional retro-fit or full frame replacement to suit your needs. We will also provide all the necessary details you need to make an informed decision during our first visit.