The vast majority of homeowners have a vague idea of what window flashing is and why it matters, but not much more. If you’re like most people, as a matter of fact, you probably have no idea how to tell if the flashing on your home’s windows is even done correctly. Incorrectly installed flashing can lead to a number of problems. In this guide, you will see a selection of frequently asked questions that pertain to window flashing. The more you know about this important part of your house, the easier it will be for you to maintain your windows.
What exactly is window flashing?
First and foremost, you need to know what window flashing is if you want to understand it. Flashing, which can be used on windows, doors, pipes, and even deck boards in some instances, is a thin material that is explicitly designed for waterproofing. Flashing can be crafted from several different substances, including aluminum, rubber, and stainless steel. If you aren’t sure which material you want, your installer should be able to suggest the best option for your Carolina home. It is important to note that the type of flashing you ultimately choose will have less effect than how it is installed. All flashing materials function in essentially the same way, but improper installation will always have a negative impact.
What red flags should I be looking for?
If you are getting new windows installed, there are a number of warning signs you should be on the lookout for if you’re concerned about improperly installed flashing. For starters, no reliable modern contractor will slash “x-marks” into a house, wrap the opening, and place the window. This was once the standard procedure, but industry professionals now know it leads to mold infestations and water damage. Any contractor who is still installing windows using this old method is not looking out for your family’s best interests.
You also need to watch carefully as your new windows are wrapped. If window installation professionals are trying to cut corners, they may attempt to wrap windows from the back, which may not be an obvious problem once they are installed, but will not protect from water damage and moisture accumulation in general. If you notice an installer wrapping your windows wrong, call him or her out on the issue and make sure it is fixed.
Who should install my residential windows?
Selecting a local Carolina window contractor to handle your upcoming installation project might be tougher than you’re expecting. This is because there are numerous companies that offer this service and, if you haven’t purchased new windows before, you might not know which ones are the most reputable. The best way to start is by reading online reviews of various installers and talking to nearby friends and family members about their personal experiences.
At Hatch Homes, we’ve long been installing windows for families throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. If you are interested in having our skilled team handle your home improvement job, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and even to help you choose the best window brands for your house.