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Maintenance  /  September 4, 2021

How Replacing A Window Frame Can Save You Money

Replacing A Window Frame

Replacing a window frame may seem like a task that you can shove to the bottom of the list, but not so fast. Window frames that show signs of damage can do more than leak air or water; they can also pose potential health risks.

Rather than ignoring the problem, have a carpenter in Kelowna check your window frames for signs of damage or rot. Repair services in Kelowna can help prevent additional damage by catching indicators during routine inspections or at the first signs of concern. 

Initial Concerns

Initial concerns may not be visible to the human eye or cause symptoms specific enough to pinpoint a cause. Many people miss identifying the problem in this early stage.

  • Visible 

There are no true visible signs at this stage of window damage. There may be slight discolouration or peeling in the sill area that is often mistaken for general wear.

  • Invisible 

Moisture and outside air begin wreaking havoc on the wood inside the window frame. Wood damage, and specifically rot, is a progressive problem. Mould and rot thrive on moisture and fluctuating air temperatures and will only grow over time. 

  • Human

People who have existing respiratory conditions or severe allergies may begin to feel the impacts of the compromised window frame. The initial dampness and outside air coming in can negatively affect severe reactions to allergens and mould. 

Growing Concerns 

  • Visible 

The paint is peeling or bubbling at this stage, and the walls may be soft in surrounding areas, the wood is soft with visible cracks, and the frame will not open or close properly. 

  • Invisible

Moisture and air continue to feed mould and damage the wood and surrounding structures inside the frame and the house. 

  • Human

Repeated respiratory infections will be common for people living in the home. If anyone living in the home already has a compromised immune system, it is likely time to consult with a doctor. 

Serious Concerns 

  • Visible 

Water pooling, leaks, and mould will likely be visible at this stage. Most wood surfaces will crumble and feel spongey to the touch. Window frames will be stuck.

  • Invisible

Air drafts will carry mould spores to other areas of the home. This is a health risk but also a structural risk. The increase of external cold or hot air also increases utility bills. 

  • Human 

All people in the house are now susceptible to health issues. Mould exposure is a grave issue, especially for those who have severe mould allergies. Common signs of mould exposure are difficulty breathing, nasal congestion, sore throat and cough, excessive sneezing, watery eyes, and itchy skin. 

Professional Solutions

  • Evaluate

A professional assessment of the problem at the first sign of trouble is a good start. A better approach is to schedule a preventative maintenance plan that checks your windows and doors once a year. You will also save money long-term by cutting down on more serious repair costs. 

  • Repair

The professionals at Handyman Connection can evaluate, repair, and replace your window frames. The repair might be a temporary option if the problem was unexpected and you had little time to plan or save for replacement. Keep in mind, the repair is not a long-term fix.

  • Replace

Removing all the rotting wood and replacing the frame is the ideal solution. Skilled professionals will remove all the damaged materials, treat any remaining materials inside the walls as necessary, and replace them with a new frame. The addition of flashing will complete the replacement by sealing any of the prior leaks. The elimination of rot and outside air will decrease medical bills and utility bills. 

Contact the professionals at Handyman Connection in Kelowna to assess any damages or to schedule a routine maintenance evaluation. We offer both window repair and full replacement.

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