Your windows are tasked with the challenge of keeping the chaos of the elements out while allowing light in. As a result, the glass and the frames endure a great deal of wear and tear, especially during hurricanes. Wooden framed windows, for example, are known to be particularly susceptible to visible water damage, such as mold on window frames. This can also happen with aluminum windows and doors, due to leaks or condensation from drafts.
This raises an important question, though: What exactly does water damage look like? While some signs could be more obvious and easy to detect, others may present themselves more subtly or remain hidden behind your home’s structural elements without a closer look.
Today, we’re going to cover some of the telltale signs that your windows have experienced water damage. If you notice any of these, call a professional window service to have them replaced to prevent further issues that could add up over time.
Water stains on the glass
One of the most obvious signs that your windows have sustained water damage is the presence of water stains on the glass. These stains can be brown, yellow, or white in color and are typically circular or oval in shape. Water stains are only the visible part of what could be more extensive water damage around the window frame.
Condensation between the panes of glass
Another sign that your windows have sustained water damage is a build-up of condensation between the panes of glass. This condensation can be caused by a leak in the sealant around the window or by excessive humidity in the home.
However, condensation in the windows is not always due to water damage. You may want to attempt the use of a dehumidifier in the area to check for alternative sources of excess condensation.
Cracks in the glass
If your windows have sustained water damage, you may also notice cracks in the glass. These cracks can be caused by expansion and contraction due to changes in temperature or by impact from objects such as hail or debris.
Cracks in the glass should never be left unattended. Plan to have these windows replaced as soon as possible to prevent them from shattering and leaving your home’s interior exposed.
Warping of the frame
Do you notice warping that wasn’t there before? Another sign that your windows have sustained water damage is the noticeable warping or bending of the frame. This warping can be caused by exposure to moisture or heat, which causes the wood to expand and contract, misshaping and damaging your home. Extensive warping may also be indicative of greater structural damage.
If your windows have sustained water damage, you may also notice peeling or flaking paint around the frame. This peeling paint can be caused by exposure to moisture, which causes the paint to blister and peel away from the surface. This is also apparent with peeling or bubbling wallpaper. While repainting can be a desirable and lower effort option, it ultimately does not address the root issue of water damage, and you are likely to keep experiencing the problem at hand.
Foggy or cloudy glass
Another sign that your windows have sustained water damage can be foggy or cloudy glass. This cloudiness happens when moisture gets trapped in between the windowpane and the frame, which can cause the glass to become foggy or cloudy.
Mildew or Mold on Window
There’s nothing unpleasant quite like a musty, wet building smell. Mold and mildew love damp, dark places, so if you see mold on window or mildew growing around your windows, this is a sign that they are exposed to excessive moisture.
Not only is mold and mildew unsightly, but mold on window or elsewhere might also be harmful to your health in both the short and long term. If you smell the tell-tale musty odor, or notice a discoloration, checking for mold can help you figure out your vital next steps.
Wood rot can weaken the window frame and cause it to collapse, leading to a whole cascade of costly repairs. If you notice any signs of wood rot, such as chipping or splintering, it’s important to have the problem fixed immediately by a professional.
Keep Moisture Away with Hurricane Impact Windows
If you want to avoid headaches all around, maybe it is time for replacement windows. If so, you may choose to get hurricane impact windows. Hurricane impact windows are designed with sturdy, rot-free frames and far superior sealing technology, along with annealed glass. They are ready to withstand the harsh winds, rising water, and flying debris of hurricanes.
At Paradise Exteriors, we proudly serve South Florida as the exclusive installers of Paradise Platinum Series and Paradise Prestige Series windows – the only hurricane impact solution to hold both multiple energy star awards and an official endorsement by the National Crime Prevention Council for their home security properties. To learn more, schedule your free quote today.