How to Save Money on Home Window Repair in Los Angeles
So many people insist on having beautifully clean windows, and let’s face it; if you have allowed your windows to get all grubby and dirty, and then you suddenly give them all a good clean, it can make a huge different to the overall appearance of your home. Of course, if your windows are cleaned regularly, you probably won’t really notice the same sort of difference because you will have become accustomed to clean windows.
Window cleaning doesn’t only leave you with clean windows, though, but instead, it also provides you with the ideal opportunity to inspect your windows for damage. Like many things in life, if you spot damage in its early stages, you can quite often do your own repairs, or even if you call in a professional company, the costs will be minimal compared to what you could potentially end up paying if the damage is left unchecked.
The 3 Most Common Forms of Window Damage
For the most part, when people think of damaged windows, they tend to visualize cracked or broken windowpanes. This sort of damage is typically caused by some or other forceful event, such a ball or a stone hitting a window, it can be caused by violent weather conditions, such as a hurricane for example. However, most window damage is nowhere near as dramatic as this, but instead, it is something which occurs over a relatively long period of time, steadily getting worse and worse, until eventually, it reaches a point where complete replacement is needed as opposed to some minor repair work. Below, are the three most common forms of window damage:
- Failed/Worn Out
- Window Seals
- Broken Windowpanes
Failed Seals – Windows have seals for a reason and particularly double or triple-paned windows. These windows are designed specifically to keep temperatures in your home more constant. They do this by forming an insulated barrier between the interior and exterior of your home. Good quality double or triple-paned windows have a special insulating gas between the panes of glass, and if the seal becomes damaged, the gas can leak out, and you lose a large slice of insulation. As a result, you can expect to see an increase in your energy bills.
These seals, as well as any other seals on a window, can become damaged due to a number of reasons, including natural causes and poor workmanship. Poorly fitted seals can soon start to work their way loose, and while most good repair services can refit a loose seal, your gas insulation will be gone, unless the problem was detected early enough.
If you are unsure about what you should be looking out for, then you should consider getting in touch with a reliable Los Angeles window repair service that can someone around to inspect your windows, and if any damage is detected, give you a price estimate right there and then. Remember, if a seal has worn out to the point where the gas has escaped, you will need to replace the window if you want optimum insulation.
Decaying Frames and/or Sashes – Wooden window frames, sashes, and windowsills can look spectacular, but unfortunately, they are prone to rotting. This is especially true if you live in a humid area, or any area that receives a lot of rain and/or snow. Rot is almost always caused by the water, so there are certain steps you can take in order to minimize the risk of rotting frames, sashes, or sills. For instance, make sure your garden sprinklers are positioned in such a way so as to prevent your windows from getting wet unnecessary. Also, inspect your windows for signs of rot on a regular basis.
If only a small section of wood has succumbed to rot, an experienced technician should be able to replace the rotten bit, and also determine why it was rotting so that preventative measures can be taken. You may believe that home window repair in Los Angeles is likely to be very expensive, but you can be sure that a minor repair job is going to cost far less than a complete replacement.
Broken Windowpanes – Contrary to what most people believe, broken windowpanes don’t always happen in the blink of an eye. Of course, a perfect good windowpane can break in an instant, but that’s not always how it happens. Quite often, the glass sustains minor ongoing damage over a period of several years. Mostly, this damage is caused by the use of harsh cleaning materials, and by Mother Nature, particularly in areas that get a lot of wind and/or hail.
Minute particles of sand constantly hitting the glass at high speed can have a detrimental effect on the integrity of your windowpanes. The same is true with regard to the stuff you use for cleaning your windows. Over time, the glass begins to gradually deteriorate, until it reaches a point where even a minor impact can cause a windowpane to break.
Cracks are another leading cause of broken windowpanes. One a piece of glass has cracked; it takes very little to make it break completely. It is worth keeping in mind that when windowpanes break, they can cause serious injuries or serious damage. Just imagine if you live on the top floor of an apartment block, and one of your windows break, sending broken pieces of glass down to the street below. While not everyone can afford to replace all their windows, it is something worth considering if your windows are more that 10 to 15 years old.
Metropolitan High Performance Windows is a highly respected Los Angeles range County window repair service that has been serving the people of California for more than 14 years. All window and door installers employed by Metropolitan High Performance Windows are AAMA Certified, and they all have at least seven years of experience in the field.
If you are experiencing problems with your windows or glass doors, or if you would like to have your property inspected by a highly experienced technician who will then be able to give you a free in-home estimate, you can schedule a no obligation appointment right now by calling (800) 995-8878.