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What Causes Window Failure?

Windows are essential to the home. They not only allow in natural light and ventilation but help protect your home against the elements and intrusions. Unfortunately, they don’t last forever. Over time windows break down, fail, and eventually, you need replacement windows in Pleasanton, CA. But there are some things that speed along the breakdown process. These are some of the most common:

1. Faulty Installation

The leading cause of premature window failure is poor installation. In an effort to save money some homeowners try to DIY window installation or hire out the cheapest installers. What they don’t realize is window installation is detailed and meticulous work. One small mistake in measurements or installation and you could have disastrous window failure. The last thing you need is to render your replacement windows completely useless with a bad installation. Best leave that kind of work to the professionals. 

2. Accidental Damage

Window breaks are another common problem for many homeowners. Cracked glass often comes from blunt force from a ball or similar item. And while replacing just the pane of glass is sometimes an option, most likely you will need replacement windows to fix the problem completely. 

3. Poor Maintenance

Taking care of your windows should be part of a regular routine. You should wash and examine your windows once a week. But do not use harsh chemicals, abrasives, or power washer to clean your windows. Simply clean them with mild detergent and a soft cloth. You also want to perform general maintenance tasks once a month. This helps keep the tracks and mechanisms intact and functioning at an optimal level. And if you have wood frames you should refinish them every couple of years. 

4. Extreme Temperature Fluctuations

Many window materials, while good insulators, do expand and contract due to changes in temperature. And if you live in an area with extreme temperature fluctuations this can cause seals to break down faster. Sometimes you can just reapply the caulk. But after several years you will need replacement windows. 

5. High Moisture Levels

When it comes to most building materials, moisture is an enemy. It causes rust, wear, warping, rot, and mold. Moisture leaks not only damage windows but can seep into the walls, floors, basements, and ceilings. And mold can be dangerous for the structure of your home as well as your health. 

6. Insects and Pests

Infestation is hazardous to the home, particularly in warmer regions. When these critters try and gain access to your home they can leave a lot of damage in their wake. Watch for signs of dry rot, scraping, or scratching. 

To learn more about window failure and replacement windows in Pleasanton, CA call the experts at Quality Windows & Doors, Inc. You can reach us at (925) 484-1747 or visit our showroom, 3732 Stanley Blvd. Ste. B, Pleasanton, CA 94566. Our team is dedicated to providing high quality window and door products meant to last. Let us give you the best window and door purchasing experience you have ever had. 

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