Winter is in full swing, and with it comes loads of problems for homeowners. If you’re not careful, your home’s windows can become extremely damaged as a result of winter weather, so we’ve put together a short list of types of damage to your windows you can watch out for, prevent, and remedy.
Mold and Water Damage
You may not think about mold in the winter, but it’s actually one of the times of year where mold can grow the most, especially around your windows. Mold is found wherever there is moisture and oxygen, and, if left untreated, can grow to huge amounts. Sitting moisture in and around your window sill encourages mold and bacteria growth and can cause significant water damage to your frame and sills.
One way to prevent mold and water damage to your windows is to caulk them. If you didn’t caulk your windows in the fall, not to worry—you can still apply it, although it becomes a little more difficult in cold weather. Don’t use latex caulk because it will freeze before it sets, so instead try silicon or rubber. Wait until you have a sunny day outside so the sun will help the caulk set.
If your window sill has already started rotting from water damage, or the mold damage is too great, call Shanco immediately for a window replacement.
If you haven’t installed storm windows, it’s a good idea to do this before the next winter storm sets in. When frost builds up on your windows, it allows moisture to leak down into the cracks. Storm windows will help prevent this from happening by adding an extra layer of protection. Double-pane glass will also help keep frost off the inner layers of glass and help keep moisture out.
Another way to keep frost off your windows is to rub it with a salt solution to prevent it from forming in the first place.
Broken Window Panes
If the weather is cold enough and there is a big enough temperature change on your window panes throughout the day—if, for example, the window is in shade half the day and sun the other half—then your window is in danger of getting a thermal stress crack. A thermal stress crack occurs when the window pane expands and contracts in response to temperature changes. If the temperature change is enough and the tension becomes too great, a crack will form at the edge of the window and expand inwards. If you have a thermal stress crack, you need to have a window professional come and replace the glass.
Other risks for broken window glass in winter come from windy weather and snow. Tree branches around your home can break if enough snow weighs them down and can crash through your window right into your living room. To help prevent broken branches from winter storms, make sure you trim your trees and get rid of any dangling branches.
Call Shanco for Window Repairs in Maryland, DC, or Virginia
No matter what type of winter weather caused damage to your windows, Shanco can repair or replace them. Contact us today to fix your windows!