Everyone is looking to save a buck here and there, but not many people are aware that they walk right by big money saving opportunities every time they pass by their replacement windows in San Jose, CA. A common culprit of wasted energy, and therefore wasted money, during the winter and summer months alike are hidden air leaks around your windows.
Whether normal wear and tear have taken a toll on your replacement windows, or if they were never airtight, to begin with, a leaky window can be a huge money and energy suck. Leaks easily occur at the weakest points of contact, as people with older homes can tell you. New homeowners shouldn’t let their guards down, though, as new replacement windows can develop leaks pretty quickly, especially in high-traffic windows that are opened and closed a lot, or face a lot of exterior force like strong winds, heat, or direct sunlight. Any replacement window will break down after months of abuse, leaving a tiny but very expensive leak in your home. Are you wondering if your windows are leaky? Use these techniques to find out:
Don’t worry if you find a leak with any of the above tests. Leaky windows can be very simple to fix. Depending on your window’s design, there are a lot of different solutions with various weather-stripping materials like brass with rubber, aluminum with rubber, vinyl, soft rubber, and rigid rubber. You can install this weather-stripping along the window’s sides, top and bottom to fill the gaps and stop leaks. For example, if there is a big gap at the bottom of your window, you can buy a hard rubber channel at your local hardware store and slide it into the bottom of the window to improve the seal.
If all these tips fail you, you can always invest in new San Jose, CA replacement windows for your home. Some replacement windows come with leak resistance or weather-stripping built right in for your convenience, and newly installed replacement windows are more likely to be leak-free for a while. If you choose to invest in replacement windows, California Custom Creations is here to help. You can stop by and visit us or give us a call to learn more about what we can do for you and your home.