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How to Spot Signs & Sources of Window Leaks

We love Arizona monsoons. The clean smells of a rain-washed city and Creosote bushes, happy plants soaking up the bounty of water after a long dry spell, the dense haboob clouds of dirt that require goggles… 😂😂😂 Just kidding on that last one! But a big part of living in Arizona are the torrential rains that monsoon season brings, and it can quickly identify an issue with leaking windows.

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Why is my window leaking? (Hint: It may not be the window.)

Why Is My Window Leaking?

(Hint: It’s Not Always About the Window)

Most people assume water leaks only happen with old windows, or when there’s some sort of product defect or installation mistake, but that’s not always the case. It can be a maintenance issue, which is one of the most common reasons a window starts to leak, or caused by something above the window. This can create a drainage point at the window, but the window isn’t the cause of the leak.

According to the experts at DunRite Windows & Doors, the location of the leak often identifies what’s happening.

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Is improper installation shortening the lifespan of your windows?

Is Improper Installation Shortening the Lifespan of Your Windows? Here Are The Warning Signs.

While it’s true that quality and brand will heavily impact how many years you’ll get out of new replacement windows or a new exterior door, it’s not the only factor to consider. Installation makes a difference, too. If done improperly, it can dramatically shorten your new windows’ lifespan.

Installed correctly, a window (or door) is supported on all sides by the opening that surrounds it. This gives it structural integrity, according to DunRite Windows & Doors Owner Sal Sucato. It needs relatively equal pressure on all sides from an opening), and a strong foundation underneath that can bear its weight.

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How to Prepare Your Home’s Windows for Summer

It’s easy to think about the typical ways we prepare for the summer heat in Arizona such as making sure the sprinklers and drip systems are adjusted to water the landscaping more often. Weather-stripping anywhere daylight peeks through around a door. Clearing out the garage to make room for the cars, so they don’t sit in the beating sun. Cleaning the BBQ. Perhaps stocking up on refreshments before the summer’s first pool party.

But did you know there are a few things that should be done to prepare windows for summer, too?

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Does caulking windows save energy?

Does caulking windows save energy?

Is it smart to caulk windows? Ensuring windows are properly sealed against drafts and leaks is important. Every window frame should have caulking on the inside and outside of the window frame where it touches the wall of the home.

(It’s actually sealant, not caulking – more on that below.)

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Why do I have condensation on my windows?

While window condensation between the panes of glass isn’t normal and can indicate a broken seal or other product issues, windows fogging up on the inside or outside of a home are pretty common.

It’s nothing to worry about.

It just means warm, moist air on the inside of a room touched a cold surface, such as warm living room air heated by the toasty blast of a heater reaching window glass chilled from a cold day outside. Moisture in the air deposits itself on any surface with a colder temperature.

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