Are your windows looking foggy? This could be due to a broken window seal, a common problem in windy areas. Read on as we explain how strong winds can compromise the performance of replacement windows and what you can do about it.
Modern Windows Are Built to Last
Modern windows are built with multiple panes and are often referred to as insulated glass units (IGUs). These IGUs contain a special gas between the window panes, which boosts the insulation of the unit. This “sandwich” actually conducts less heat than outside air, which makes these windows resistant to fogging and frosting. It also helps lower the heating and cooling demands of your home, leading to energy savings.
How Wind Affects Window Performance
Ongoing exposure to strong winds can hasten the deterioration of windows. High winds can shake windows violently, which can loosen the seals. Older windows are particularly vulnerable to this issue. That’s why you should consider investing in window replacement if your windows are old and worn down.
Another factor that can affect your window seals is thermal pumping. This happens when the gas sandwiched between the window panes expands when heated during the day and contracts during the night. This constant cycle puts a strain on your window seals over time, eventually causing damage.
When you need a professional window replacement, Renewal by Andersen® of Portland is the company you can count on. Call us today at (503) 912-2668, or you can fill out our convenient online form. We serve Portland and nearby OR areas.