Door & Window Problems Your House May Be Trying to Show You

Is your house trying to tell you something? If you pay attention, you can find all sorts of clues to your home’s condition by the way it looks, feels and even sounds. Here we discuss some signs related to windows and doors that you shouldn’t ignore.

  • Foggy windows. You might notice that Foggy-Window-1 condensation develops 
    on the surface of windows when there is a big difference between exterior and interior temperatures and humidity levels. However, if you see fogginess that has developed between the window panes — or if you have windows that are now “milky” instead of clear, this is a sign of seal failure. Fogginess/milkiness is most often found in older windows or sliding doors where the seal on the window spacer has deteriorated and allowed moisture to leak in. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to repair a broken window seal, and sash or full window replacement is the best solution.
  • Drafty windows. This is a sign that either the windows or the weatherstripping around windows needs to be replaced. Check to see if weatherstripping is loose around the sash, or if the strip is peeling or has chunks missing that indicate the need for replacement. If not, it may be time to shop for windows that are more energy-efficient.
  • Wrinkled wood. Rotting wood can easily escape OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA notice, so pay attention to the texture of the wood around windows and doors. If you notice wooden components that look wrinkled or wavy, this could be an indicator of dry rot. Window frames and the wood around exterior doors should not be soft, brittle or crumbly. A window contractor can evaluate the extent of the damage and help you plan for repair of rotten wood or full-frame window replacement if necessary.
  • Insect wings. If you notice insect wings lying on window sills, around doors or caught in spider webs, you could have termites. Termites shed their wings when they swarm out of the nest to start a new colony. Pencil-sized mud tubes around the base of your house could be another indication of termite infestation. Call a pest control company for a professional inspection immediately.

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About the Author

Joseph Mills

Joseph Mills

Joe Mills is the Director of Marketing for Sunrise Windows and Doors. He has spent almost 15 years working with homeowners helping them envision and design home improvement projects. He is proficient in assisting homeowners through their entire buying process, including helping them do the proper research, what signs to look for to minimize a homeowner’s risk, understanding the in home selling process and once the decision is made, how the installation process will work. He has written a consumer-oriented book called “How To Buy Vinyl Replacement Windows” that can help window buyers make educated choices.