The elements can wreak havoc on your home in many different ways. Your custom windows may be at particular risk of suffering damage when the weather begins to act up. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can handle this without worrying about your investment getting damaged. Here’s what you should know.
How to Safeguard Windows in Bad Weather
1. Make Them More Efficient
Air leaks can easily drive up your energy costs, but when inclement weather arrives, it also means that you’re more likely to encounter moisture intrusion and potential water damage. Your custom windows should include at least two panes of low-emissivity glass. This prevents solar gain and heat loss throughout the year without impacting the quality of light that filters through.
Opt for windows that have panes with inert gas between them. This powerful insulating element will improve the structure’s thermal performance and keep you more comfortable year-round. Apply weatherstripping to areas where gaps are present to prevent inclement weather conditions from causing damage.
2. Seal the Exterior Portions
If you detect any openings around your custom windows, use a touch of expanding foam to fill them up and create a barrier that prevents air loss and moisture damage.
If you have an especially complex window installation, like unusually shaped glass in the basement or the attic, consider replacing them with customized windows that fit precisely into the space. The new seal will create an airtight barrier that protects your home.
3. Use Available Storm Windows
Storm windows are designed to protect the existing windows from heavy rain and winds. If you have them, they’ll also help regulate the indoor temperature by preventing air leaks. But if you don’t have any, you can still use self-adhesive window film along the window’s outer edges. It will minimize drafts and create a makeshift layer of insulation. Treat it as shrink wrap by using a hairdryer to tighten the seal along the seams.
Is it time to upgrade your home with window replacements? Turn to the team at Monsey Glass. Proudly serving clients throughout New York’s Rockland, Westchester, Orange, and Northern Bergen counties, as well as New York City, the company specializes in custom windows, glass installation, and bathtub enclosures. Visit them online to find out more or call (845) 352-2200 to speak with a representative.