If you live in Colorado, you may already be aware of how high altitude affects almost everything. It affects the weather, bodily functions, the outside temperature, and much more. Many homeowners aren’t aware of the effect it can have on their home’s primary temperature regulator—windows. Without the right windows for high altitude, you could end up losing a lot of money. The Window Source of the Rockies offers the best-rated energy efficient windows and works with homeowners to reduce the impact of altitude on windows. Let’s review four ways windows are affected by high elevation so that you can be aware and more prepared if problems occur.
Thermal and atmospheric stress can cause frames to warp and get damaged. Your frame may look bent or like it’s lifting from the wall. To check, use a flatness gauge or ruler to help you determine if the window frame is offset. You may also want to look for warping in the pane itself or you may wish to ask The Window Source of the Rockies for a free consultation.
Due to warping, the seal will eventually break. When this happens, you may notice water damage, mold, or chipped paint where the frame is bent or lifted. You may also notice trapped condensation between the glass. Because your windows prevent outside air from coming in and controlled air from going out, a broken seal can cause your electricity bill to skyrocket. The Window Source of the Rockies offers the best-rated energy efficient windows availalbe.
Window frames keep the window pane in place. If the frame is warped and the seal is broken, your window pane may fall out. This can cause a potentially hazardous situation, especially if you have children or pets in your home. In addition, an expanding and contracting pane can also lead to issues with the surrounding walls, wallpaper, or paint.
Shattered or Cracked Panes
Sometimes, the window panes can crack and shatter long before they fall out. Thermal stress and pressure differences can cause cracks with very specific patterns, as opposed to a bending break or impact break. Impact breaks will often look like a spiderweb while bending breaks will look like a long, thin line. Heat cracks often look like long tendrils edging from one side of a frame towards the other, while pressure cracks can look like tree branches and seem like they appeared out of nowhere.
While there are many ways windows are affected by high altitude, The Window Source of the Rockies can help you replace a broken window with custom-made replacement windows that fit your home. You won’t have to worry about damaged windows ever again!