Window Leak Testing in Santa ClaritaNobody asks for their windows to leak water when it rains. It just happens. The reasons for leaking windows can be many. From age, to poor craftsmanship or just plain old damage. No matter what the cause of your windows leaking, it’s still… leaking. Leaking windows can contribute to a whole host of undesirable issues within a home or business which is why Window Leak Testing in Santa Clarita is essential.
- Interior Damage to finishes
- Structural damage
Water related damage sustained to a Santa Clarita home or building can be significant. According to Insurancejournal.com, damages sustained by water are second only to wind related damages. Water damage comes in multiple forms but for many, mold, or poor indoor health quality tops the list. And why shouldn’t it? Who wants their family to live within the confines of a mold infested building?
Although, damage to the interior of a building can be repaired, its not without a cost. For some, the cost is so substantial, insurance has to kick-in to cover it. Included in this is structural damages.
Testing for window leaks is the first step
If windows are suspected to be the cause of your leaks, the very first thing you may want to consider before you choose a window type is to test. Fenestration testing here in Santa Clarita comes in multiple forms, with multiple different tests which can be administered. There are many tests one can choose from in order to achieve the desired results. Most of which hoover around quality assurance, while others such as the AAMA 511-08 is centered around forensic investigation. no matter which test you choose to perform be it AAMA or ASTM, the results will help guide you in the wind choice process.
Retrofit windows vs nail-in windows
Consider the choices of windows you have to remedy the issue of water intrusion caused by rain here in Santa Clarita. On one hand we have retrofit windows and on the other we have nail-in replacement windows.Sure both are a suitable replacement. However, with one you replace the entire window including its frame and the other, is just the new window installed into an existing frame.
Santa Clarita Retrofit windows
Whats the difference when it comes to moisture intrusion? Well, the retrofit window being installed into an existing frame can leak from the window. Of course, only if the window is bad. More likely is the senecio where the window leaks from the existing frame. Let’s not forget that the window is still installed into an existing frame. This means if the “installation” of the old window was faulty, the new retrofit window can and will still leak.
Santa Clarita Nail-in windows
Contrast this to the new nail-in flanged or new construction windows. These window types are a completely new fenestration product installation. The frame is installed into your wall once the old window, window frame and exterior wall finishes are removed. In essence, the chances of this installation leaking are minimized significantly.
Keep in mind that all windows must follow the ASTM E2112 standard for the installation of new fenestration products. You may also want your installer to be AAMA certified.
New Window Installation Testing in Santa Clarita
When we think of new windows, I’m sure your first though isn’t Window Leak Testing in Santa Clarita. It’s probably its centered around having fixed the issue. But, how do you know whether or not the issue is in fact fixed without testing? Sure, you can wait for the next weather event. But really?
Fenestration testing is the solution. With it, you can know whether or not the window is the correct window for you area. This is taking into consideration wind loads or speeds vs the windows ability to withstand such forces. With using the Water Intrusion Specialists, our fenestration tests can achieve this. Moreover, our testing measure determine not only if the window is the correct window, but also if the wind and installation still or do leak.
Understand that even though you choose a retrofit window, the city of Santa Clarita can still mandate a water intrusion test. This is growing in popularity throughout Los Angeles.
Fenestration Testing Standards
AAMA and ASTM both have set a whole host of fenestration testing standards. Many of these standardize testing procedures are performed on newly installed fenestration products but not all. Take the AAMA 501-15, AAMA 503 and AAMA 502 for example. On the other hand, there are testing procedures for forensic investigations as well as is in the AAMA 511-08 test method.
There is the ASTM E1105 test which many of the other tests reference as well. In any event, Window Leak Testing in Santa Clarita is if not a good thing to do, it’s almost considered necessary.