Your windows are an essential part of your home — from enhancing the architectural appearance of your exterior to providing comfort and efficiency during extreme weather. This is why it is vital to keep them in tip-top shape at all times. If your windows are warped or distorted, your home’s curb appeal and energy-efficiency are compromised. In this article, Renewal by Andersen® of New Jersey, a windows and sliding patio doors expert, discusses why windows warp and how Fibrex® makes a warp-resistant alternative.
What Causes Your Windows to Warp?
Your window can show different signs of warping, such as bowing, when it bends along the face of the window; curling, when it bends along the edge; and cupping, when it warps inwards or outwards.
Moisture is the major reason why windows, particularly those made with wood and vinyl materials, warp in the first place. Wood absorbs moisture unevenly, causing stress, and retains it. The longer the moisture is retained, the more permanent the window shrinks and expands.
Other factors that can affect how quickly your wood windows will warp include airflow, sunlight and temperature.
How to Fix Warped Windows
Warping makes it difficult to operate windows and even doors. It also causes gaps between the window sash and frame, allowing unconditioned air from the outdoors to enter your home.
To fix your warped windows, try loosening the hinges and determine at what level of tightness your windows can operate easily. You can also fill the gaps with extra weather-stripping. However, these tricks do not often provide a permanent fix to your dilemma. The best thing to do is to replace your warped windows with new units in order to completely eliminate the source of your problems.
Fibrex is a composite frame material that offers more advantages than regular wood and vinyl windows. As a low-maintenance composite, Fiberx expands and contracts very little, even with extreme temperatures. You will have peace of mind knowing that your windows will not be dramatically impacted by weather.
Renewal by Andersen for Your Window Replacement Needs
Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey is a premier source of replacement windows and French doors. Our top-rated professionals are committed to providing the comfort and efficiency you need through industry-leading products and outstanding customer service. Call us today at (877) 224-6447 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment. We work with homeowners in and around Hillsborough, New Jersey.