Bay windows are beautiful additions to any home and can serve as a tranquil place to read a book or a unique space to display your plants. The options are endless. While beautiful, however, they come with their own set of maintenance requirements. According to Modernize, just the installation of a bay window can cost between $1,150 and $3,550.
We don’t want your investment to go down the drain due to undetected leaks. Here are some tips from the professionals at RoofPro for how to spot those early warning signs of leaking and how to maintain your window so that it doesn’t happen again.
Check Your Flashing
One of the best early warning signs of potential bay window leaks happens right at the flashing. If your flashing isn’t seamlessly integrated with your home, you could be inviting water inside. Your flashing and siding should act as one cohesive unit around your bay window. This is the only way to be certain that water cannot get in. If you have brick siding, it is imperative that your contractor is able to connect the flashing around your bay window to the brick. This can be done through meticulous measurement-taking, silicone, and metal. A reputable company such as RoofPro can help you get your flashing where it needs to be to ensure your bay window is waterproofed.
If you’re noticing excessive condensation around the window and window casings, this could be an early warning sign for an eventual repair. If your bay window casings are not sealed properly, then you can expect some leaking over time. Because of the complex nature of bay windows, your contractor needs to be familiar with the proper sealants and techniques to apply it. At RoofPro, we take extra care to apply silicone caulk on the exterior of the window.
Just like any home scenario, water spots are a sign of leaking. Even the appearance of small water spots are enough to cause concern. If you notice some water spotting and staining anywhere near your bay window, it is time to call in a professional to take a look. It is always better to have someone come out for something small than need them during an emergency.
Bay Window Management
If you are interested in installing bay windows in your home or already have one, you should look into a management plan. We recommend that your bay window be inspected every year just like any other part of your roof. A proper bay window inspection will cover the casings, sealants, window flanges, and panes. If you have anything that is broken or missing around your window, it is important to repair it as soon as possible to prevent catastrophic damage to your home.
At RoofPro, we take the upkeep of your home very seriously and we have the training in place to determine how to best care for your bay window. Give us a call today for a free repair estimate or to start installation of your bay window.
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