When you think of storm damage, do you think about how it can affect your windows? Most people will check for damage to their homes after a storm but rarely check their windows unless they are visibly impaired. Storms can seriously damage your windows, which may require professional replacement to rectify. Let’s dive into this issue deeper.
High Winds Can Loosen Framing
Have you ever heard the expression that the windows were rattling from a storm? While it is a common expression, it holds true. High winds can unmoor window frames, especially when they’re older. Considering that just a few nails hold in old wood frame windows, you can understand how high winds can loosen them over the years. A replacement becomes necessary to stop the rattling you experience.
If you notice that your window frames are spongy after a pelting rain storm, you have a problem. The storms that your windows have withstood over the years have damaged the frames to the point of no return.
Another sign you have a problem with your windows from storm damage that requires replacement is moisture collection inside your windows or between double-paned glass. Moisture build-up on the inside indicates that the seal is broken. Unfortunately, the only option is a replacement.
Chipped, Cracked, or Broken Glass
If your windows are older than 15 years and have been broken during a storm, it is best to replace them. According to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, replacing windows with vinyl windows, which are $11,319 on average, is less expensive than wood, which costs about $12,229. Because of these cost differences, it’s best to work with a professional roofing and window replacement company that understands the complexity of storm damage.
Remember the Aesthetic Element
Investing in new windows comes with a nice return on investment, energy savings, and an overall improvement in the aesthetic of your home. New windows are stronger and more durable than old ones, so they can withstand storms better, too. Overall, brand-new windows will improve the look of your home after a storm has caused damage to various parts of your home’s structure.
The next time your area encounters a big storm, be sure to check your windows for storm damage. If you find any signs of damage or feel unsure, be sure to contact ROOFWORKS. Our team is ready to help you!