With shoddy window and door installations, there are several major problems that can cost you money now, prevent you from being comfortable in your home, and be enormous potential liabilities down the road. Avoid these problems by ensuring your window installation is good.
Mike Holmes has made a career out of pointing out shoddy renovation work, and then “making it right.” It’s easy to spot the problems when a contractor disappears leaving a halfway-installed roof, or exposed electrical wires. It doesn’t take a certified contractor to understand that doors should open without binding and floors should be level, but sometimes problems on a finished job can be harder to spot.
With shoddy window and door installations, there are several major problems that can cost you money now, prevent you from being comfortable in your home, and be enormous potential liabilities down the road.
The first potential issue with a bad window or door installation is poor thermal sealing. If windows and doors are not properly sealed against the outside air, you could be losing climate controlled air to the outside, increasing your heating and cooling costs, and in some cases, making it impossible to obtain the desired inside temperature in your home.
The second potential issue with a bad window or door installation is improper water sealing. An improperly sealed window or door can allow water to penetrate the building envelope, ruining floors and drywall, or even causing major structural damage if left unchecked. With newer wood-construction homes that make use of fiberglass insulation and polyethylene vapor barrier, even a small amount of water leakage can cause major potential problems down the road.
With newer homes that are covered in watertight building wraps, with waterproof cladding, and waterproof interior vapor barriers, and moisture that leaks into the walls from improperly installed windows has nowhere to go, and can sit on the backside of drywall, or against wood framing studs for months or even years. This combination of organic construction material, minimal or nonexistent air flow, and moisture creates the perfect conditions for mold growth.
Black mold is toxic, and growing undetected, can be a serious potential health risk, causing respiratory illnesses, skin irritation, circulatory issues, and even mental impairment. Trichothecene mycotoxins released by toxic black mold are neurotoxins that can actually kill neurons in the brain and hinder a person’s mental function. This can result in tremors, mood swings and irritability. Obviously, black mold is something you don’t want in your house. Remediation of black mold issues is complex and costly, potentially costing you thousands of dollars for removal, cleaning, and reconstruction.
So, if you want to avoid having a cold, wet, moldy house, now and in the future, make sure your window installers are properly trained and experienced enough to “do it right” in the first place. One way to be sure is to call GEM Windows and Doors, Toronto’s oldest and most experienced window and door company, with over 45 years of experience serving the GTA. If you need help with your next window installation, call us at 416-533-4331.