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Causes of Drafty Windows

Windows play a great role in keeping your home well-insulated. With the right glazing and frames, it is possible to keep temperatures consistent while preventing outdoor air from penetrating indoors. Even so, drafty windows remain a common problem in many households. But have you ever wondered what causes them to develop in the first place? Renewal by Andersen® of Rapid City explains the factors behind this occurrence.

Causes of Drafty Windows

Age and Wear

Over time, the materials used in window frames and sashes can deteriorate, warp or break down, creating gaps through which outside air can pass. The sealant or caulking around the window that helps to keep drafts out can also dry out and crack. A timely inspection can easily reveal your window system’s current condition and whether they’re letting in drafts.

Improper Installation

Improper installation can shorten your windows’ serviceable life. Incorrectly aligned or sealed windows during the installation process can leave gaps and spaces, making them prone to water leakage and damage. Fortunately, most window experts can quickly fix this problem with a quick reinstallation process.

Failed Seals on Double-Pane Windows

Double-pane windows are a popular choice for their better insulating capabilities compared to single-pane counterparts. However, if the seal between the two panes starts to fail, it can lose its function over time, causing the inert gas between the panes to escape. You’ll know if one of your windows have failed seals if your reflection on the glass looks distorted or warped than in others.

Window Replacement as a Long-Term Solution Against Drafts

If you’ve been dealing with drafty windows for a while now, the long-term solution would be to replace the affected windows with high-quality replacement units that boast better insulating capabilities and come with durable features that offer improved energy efficiency for your home. At Renewal by Andersen of Rapid City, we offer a wide range of window options designed to do just that and more, from improving home comfort to increasing property value. With a focus on durability, beauty, and performance, our replacement windows are tailored to withstand the unique weather conditions of Rapid City, offering a permanent solution to the problem of drafty windows.

Preventing drafts starts with the right choice of windows. To discuss your window replacement needs with our team, call (605) 341-7831, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.


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