It’s been a rough winter in Marshfield, MA and the surrounding area. The most recent storms delivered heavy snow, strong winds, and lots of damage from falling trees and downed utility poles. When you’re looking at your home and assessing the damage, pay special attention to your windows and doors. Being made of glass makes windows particularly vulnerable to storm damage.
Some winter storm damage is easy to identify. If a downed tree has put a limb through a window, that’s pretty easy to see. However, there’s other types of storm damage that may not be immediately visible. Inspect each window for cracks and chips. When you’re inside your home, see if you can feel a draft or cold breeze coming through a window that had previously kept the cold out. This can indicate that there’s been damage to the glazing or trim around the windows.
Energy experts tell us that up to 40% of a home’s energy can be lost through leaky windows and doors. That means the warm air you’re paying to heat is escaping out into the cold, snowy landscape. What a waste of money! That’s why it’s important to have any storm damage windows dealt with immediately. The best way to handle storm damaged windows is to deal with a firm that specializes in replacement windows and doors. After a thorough inspection, it will be possible to determine if window repair is possible or if replacement is needed.
If you already had good quality windows in place, the odds are pretty good you’ll want to replace them with windows similar to what you had. But if you were having issues with drafts before the storm, this may be the right time to upgrade to a better window. Vinyl replacement windows are the best option if you’re looking for energy efficiency and easy maintenance.