Cold Weather Effects On Your Windows

Cold weather can affect your windows

We’ve been pretty lucky this winter. We’ve had plenty of snow, yes. But bitter cold has stayed away for the most part. We can’t be that lucky now that January is here and February is around the corner. So how can extremely cold weather affect your windows, especially if you have older windows in your home?

Cold = Stress on Your Windows

When the weather gets really cold it can cause stress cracks or pressure cracks in your windows. You will typically find these cracks around the edges of your home’s windows. In most cases they start out small. They can spread across the glass over time. If the temperature fluctuates a lot it may cause these cracks to spread more quickly. On those days the temps are below zero you might find yourself cranking up the heat inside, this extreme fluctuation in can cause those cracks to grow.

Look Out for Warping

Extreme temperatures can cause wood to warp and bow. This can cause structural issues with the windows and you might notice a draft from these changes. It also allows the heat OUT!

Frozen Windows

Ice is NOT nice for windows. It can build up around the windows and causes windows to freeze shut. With older windows water can get into spaces in the window frame and then freeze. This can cause cracks or messed up weather stripping when you try to open the window.

Perks of New Windows

New replacement windows can be a huge help on your utility bill but are also built to handle the cold temperatures. There are other perks as well:

  • Increase the value of your home
  • Increase your home’s security
  • Stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer
  • Reduce excess noise
  • Reduce potential costs of maintenance
  • Improve the look of your home

Spring is around the corner and the cold weather will be a thing of the past, but you might be ready for new windows. Give us a call now to get scheduled to install replacement windows in your Iowa home. We look forward to helping you!

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