Your home’s exterior components keep you safe from exposure to the elements. They are exposed to the weather 24/7 so you don’t have to be. Many of those components also contribute to the thermal envelope that keeps your home comfortable and your carbon footprint small. Those parts include your roofing system, your walls and siding, your doors and your windows.
Though all of these are available in sturdy and reliable materials and models, you could probably assume that the most vulnerable are the windows as they commonly have glass components. In case a summer storm hits your area and a window or several windows are damaged by debris, it’s important to call a professional to repair or replace them as soon as possible. Neglecting a broken window affects comfort, safety, privacy and energy efficiency. It can also lead to water damage in different parts of your home.
Sometimes, however, damage to a window is not instantly observable. Here’s how to inspect your windows after a summer storm to find out if any of them needs repairs or replacement.
Make Sure It’s Safe
Before proceeding with the inspection, make sure the storm is over, and it’s safe to go outside. If there are signs of danger, such as electrical hazards and flooding, call 911. Look around, and walk carefully. Don’t climb onto and walk on your roof. Check your windows for cracks, broken glass, broken seals and other signs of damage.
You must document everything with your smartphone. Call your insurance provider. Then, call the professionals you need for your roof, siding, windows, etc.
Check for Hail Damage
Hail damage is typically obvious as it leaves dents on your roof and siding. It can also smash window and door glass. Look for hail damage around every window, such as broken glass or torn bug screens.
Check for Wind Damage
Home windows would be well-protected with storm windows, but not everyone has them. High winds can damage unprotected windows. Windows often shatter when the wind throws heavy debris on them. Chips, cracks, dents, peeling paint and other signs can point to damage.
Check for Water Damage
Seals can break under strong rain, wind or hail. If you have dual-pane windows, you’ll know the seal is broken if there is condensation between the glass panes. This means the window is no longer as energy-efficient as it was before, and it has become a thermal bridge. It’s best to have it repaired or replaced before water damage affects the rest of your home.
Renewal by Andersen® of Amarillo can help you with summer storm damaged windows. We can install your new casement windows to keep your home energy-efficient and beautiful. Call us today at (512) 270-6611, or contact us here for a consultation.