A large amount of energy is lost around your windows. Window leaks are one of the leading cause of lost energy in homes. You can prevent window leaks by making sure that all windows are installed properly.
#1 Make Sure the Opening Is Properly Prepared
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that the opening for your new windows is properly prepared. Preventing leaks around your windows starts with the installation process. There is house wrap that goes under your siding and should go around your windows. The house wrap should be wrapped around the frame of your window. This will help keep water and air from getting in around your window.
The house wrap should be sealed up against your home with house wrap tape. If the house wrap is not properly sealed, it will not be able to protect your home as intended.
#2 Install a Sill Flashing
Second, you need to make sure that a sill flashing is installed on the base of the window. The sill flashing goes across the bottom of the window frame, and up the sides as well. The sill flashing provides a solid base for your window.
Once the window is installed, you will not be able to see the sill flashing. However, the sill flashing still plays an important role in keeping wind and water from getting into your home and causing damage.
Make sure that caulking is applied over all of the nail heads on the sill flashing. This is just one extra step you can take to prevent leaks around your windows.
#3 Choose a High Quality Frame
Third, when you install a new window, it is a good idea to install a new frame. A new frame that is made to go with the window will fit more securely than if you try to fit a new window inside of an old frame. Installing a new frame and window at the same time is the best course of action if you want to prevent leaks around your windows.
Make sure that the frame is measured and fitted exactly to the area where your window is going to go. If the frame does not fit, make sure that the installers make the proper adjustments.
Once the frame is in place, make sure that the frame and window is properly caulked. Then, make sure that you learn how to properly caulk the window so that you can apply caulking around the window frame in the future. Caulking wears down over time, so you are going to want to know how to seal it up on your own.
Keep air from seeping around your home by making sure that the window is properly sealed in the first place. Make sure that house warp is put around the window frame, a sill flashing is installed across the bottom of the window, and a high-quality frame is paired with the replacement window. Also, ask the window installer to show you how to properly caulk around the window so that you can do that work in the future.
Contact a residential window installation service for more help.