If the windows on your Lake Norman, North Carolina, home are leaking, it’s probably time to have replacement windows installed. However, if you’re not in a position to shell out for a whole-house window replacement project, you may just be looking for a quick fix. When it comes to assessing why your windows are leaking, there are a few main aspects to consider.

First, inspect the exterior casings on your windows. If any of the caulk is damaged, applying a new bead may be enough to stop the leaking. If you do this, be sure to clean the window frames first before applying fresh caulk so that it will properly adhere to the surface.

Another aspect to consider is the flashing. Flashing is a thin piece of tape-like material applied to the window port during installation to create a seal. If there wasn’t enough flashing used when your windows were installed, or if the flashing was not properly affixed, then you may need to have it fixed, which will require the work of a professional but will be much less expensive than having a whole new window installed. In fact, if your windows are still under an active installation warranty, then having the flashing repaired might not cost you anything at all.

Lastly, ensure that there is no space between your window and the port in which it sits. If there are some gaps—whether you can see daylight coming through or feel a draft coming in—then plugging up these holes with epoxy or expanding foam might do the trick.

However, if you’ve tried the above home remedies and your windows are still leaking, then it’s time to turn to a professional and have your windows replaced before any major damage is done to your home. Click here to contact Window Depot USA of Charlotte.