Top 5 Hidden Window Issues That You Might Have Right Now!

From a hidden hive of insects to rot, your windows can hide a multitude of issues that ultimately affect your home’s efficiency and safety.

But without an in-depth inspection of your windows, the average homeowner can’t find these issues.

Which is why a professional window installer is required from time to time.

In this article, we’ll discuss the most common hidden window issues that might affect the efficiency of your home right now!

Let’s begin.

A window installer fixing a PVC sliding window

1. Rot

Rot is by far the most common issue on old, wooden window frames. Water is tough to fight, and wood is very susceptible to damage.

It all begins with a small split or crack where water makes its way into the wood. From then, you won’t see it anymore and won’t even know you have a problem with it.

The damage starts showing after a few days, even weeks when the wood frame develops a green or dark color on the exterior. When you see it on the outside of the wood, it’s evident that the interior of the wood is ruined by rot.

How To Fix Rot

You can’t. Once the wood is damaged by rot, replacing the entire wood frame is the best way to get rid of it.

If you’re fighting with this issue, we recommend PVC window frames, as these are immune to water damage, so rot won’t ever occur.

Rotten wood frame
Rot inside wood frame

2. Messy Installation

If you’re working with a contractor or a window installer you trust, this may be an issue. But if you’re hiring a so-called installer from Craiglist, you’ll need to keep an eye out for messy installations that simply won’t complement your home’s exterior.

While the installer might say it won’t affect the efficiency of your home and that it’ll work just fine, “just fine” is not what you’re looking for.

If you’re spending money on a service, you want that service to be top-notch, no matter who’s offering it.

So, while a messy installation won’t necessarily affect the energy-efficiency of your home, it will ruin the aesthetics and make a bad impression on your guests.

How To Fix Messy Installations

Do your research when looking for a window installer. Check reviews and some of their previous work. You’ll probably find them on Google or on their website.

Here at Windows For Life, we have many of our projects showcased on our website, and you can read our reviews here!

Poor window installation
A poor window installation with pvc and wood frame

3. Poor Installations

These are messy installations that also affect the functionality of your windows.

A poor installation can mean anything from the frame not being fitted correctly to it not being insulated properly.

As a homeowner with no experience in window installations, it can be difficult to recognize a job well done and one done with no sense of responsibility. As a result, you’re left with cheap work that’ll have a lot of consequences on your home’s efficiency without you knowing about it.

This is the most common problem we’re seeing, and fixing these issues is not just difficult but also frustrating.

How To Avoid Poor Installations

If it’s already installed poorly, you’ll just have to start again and find someone else to do a better job. This is frustrating as it means you’ll have to pay once again, hopefully for a better service.

Just like the previous point, do thorough research on window installers in your area and ensure you’re working with someone who truly knows what he’s doing.

Pool wood window frame installation
Poor window frame and siding installation

4. Mold And Mildew

You might think mold and mildew are not hidden, but they all begin from a hidden place.

Mold and mildew are often the results of rot or a lot of humidity. If you’re not paying attention to your window frames (and who is?), mold and mildew will start developing on the inside first and then make their way on the window’s exterior, and then on the walls, and so on.

Mold is a bacteria that can be very harmful to your health, especially if you have respiratory or lung problems already.

Check out this article from CDC about mold and why it’s important to get rid of it.

How To Get Rid Of Mold

If it’s already installed poorly, you’ll just have to start again and find someone else to do a better job. This is frustrating as it means you’ll have to pay once again, hopefully for a better service.

Just like the previous point, do thorough research on window installers in your area and ensure you’re working with someone who truly knows what he’s doing.

Ugly mold in wood frame
A mold on PVC window frame

5. Hidden Hives Of Insects

You won’t believe this one, but it’s not uncommon for insects to make their hives in between the window frame and the wall.

This is a result of a poor installation because if the window frame had been sealed properly, nothing could’ve gotten inside it and between the wall.

Of course, this can result in a lot of issues. Bees flying free in your home, insects that keep appearing no matter how many times you get rid of them and even worse, diseases that they can carry.

How To Get Rid Of Hives

If the hive or the nest is small, we might be able to get rid of it before we install your new windows. If the issue is more serious, we’ll have to call a professional to get rid of the insects properly.

They’ll most likely smoke the insects and move them into a container for disposal.

Hidden window issues with a hive of insects in a wooden frame
A wooden window frame with several bees in a small comb

Conclusion

You should look into a window replacement if:

At Windows For Life, we know all these issues are tough to deal with, and we always recommend our customers to take action before the problem becomes uglier.

We offer an in-depth inspection on your existing windows, and we’ll offer you a great deal to replace all of them quick and at an affordable price.

Get to enjoy full functionality and an energy-efficient home with new windows now! Give us a call at (615) 861-2315, or request a free quote here.