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Are Strong Winds Dangerous for Replacement Windows?

Today, all replacement windows and doors are designed to weather almost anything Mother Nature can throw at them. Glass panels can withstand mild to moderate impact from hail, frame seals and gaskets help keep rainwater on only one side of the window, and the whole unit is built to be affected as little as possible by exposure to the sun.

Are Strong Winds Dangerous For Replacement Windows

But how do replacement windows fare against high winds? Are there any specific window problems that are directly related to strong gusts of air?

A Typical Day in the Life of a Window

Multi-pane replacement windows are so-named because they have two or more panes of glass. This is important for energy efficiency reasons mainly because of the insulating gas trapped between these panels. During the day, as heat from the sun hits your windows, this gas expands, causing a slight increase in internal pressure between the insulated glass IG) units. Window manufacturers anticipate this and have included seals that keep the gas from escaping even under pressure.

Moisture Is a Factor

In addition to heat, moisture can also find its way into the internal structure of your windows, which is why most windows contain a small amount of desiccant to absorb any penetrating moisture. Over time, this desiccant can become saturated, and, eventually, the moisture reaches the seals that keep the gas between the panes. This process is slow and takes years.

The Straw That Breaks the Camel’s Back

When moisture affects the seals, the pressure building up from the sun’s heat can put your window in a risky position. This happens near the end of the life of your windows, and it’s the time to finally call your windows company for a replacement. With all these factors combined, a strong gust of wind can be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back, so to speak. It’s usually at this point where winds can cause problems in aging windows.

When high winds start to become a problem, you may be due for a window replacement. The professionals at Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis can help. Give us a call at (314) 332-2364, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Chesterfield, MO, and other surrounding communities.

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"This was one of the best experiences I've ever had with a company. I ordered the windows in November and was told they wouldn't be here until July. That kind of delay the new norm so I wasn't a bit upset with the timeline. I was given an early present when they called to say the windows would be in at the beginning of May. We agreed on the week of May 16th to do the installation, there were 30 windows and a sliding door to install. They arrived promptly on their scheduled install date, and got straight to work. By the end of day one, they had all the upstairs windows complete and their work was incredible. Day two came with more of the same, the crew showed up promptly, got straight to work, and when they left they had every window downstairs installed. The third day they again arrived on-time, and got to work installing the door. The door and windows are perfectly installed. The two lads that did the installation did a phenomenal job, and were friendly to boot. I would give them more business if I had any :) The service I received from the company was great. They kept me abreast of anything that was going on with my order. I appreciate my concierge, Christina, she was good at communicating timelines and getting everything scheduled."

Lane Maxwell
Jun 28, 2022

"The two installers were great! They were polite and hard working and they cleaned up all the outside and inside. It was like they were never here. As for the windows, I love them, not only looks great, they are efficient. Now every window in my home has Renewal by Anderson."

Mark Palsgrove
Jun 23, 2022

"We had the pleasure recently of having Andersen replace all of our windows. From the very first interaction with the office personnel through the completion of the project, they have been nothing but professional. From Brian our sales rep to Christina the appointment scheduler, they were a pleasure to interact with. Installers Keith, John, and Evan were fantastic to work with. They went above and beyond to repair an area which was slightly damaged during the removal of a window...caulked and painted it. They took extra precaution to ensure the floors were covered while working inside and cleaned up each day inside and out. We love the look of our new windows and can't wait to enjoy the savings in utilities they'll provide. Thanks so much Renewal by Andersen!!"

Kevin Corrigan
Jun 15, 2022

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