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While you might not always notice it, your home’s exterior speaks volumes when something isn’t right. Unfortunately, we turn our attention to other things when our lives become hectic—which pushes any exterior priorities to the back burner. Now that the holidays are over and our lives have resumed back to normal, this is the perfect time of year to look around your home’s exterior and look for these few signs:

1. Your Windows are Foggy: There’s Trouble with Condensation

If you look outside and see nothing but fog that can’t be wiped away with your sleeve, your windows are giving you a warning. Moisture inside of your window panes points to condensation issues. This typically means that there is seal failure and moisture is making its way inside of the glass.

The fix to this depends on your situation. If you’re still under warranty, your window manufacturer should repair your window. However, if your windows are old and the warranty is expired, you’re better off considering replacement.

Wet Window

2. Your Front Door is Sticking: The Door is Expanding and Contracting

If you’ve opened your entry door lately and notice that it’s a bit of a struggle, there may be several culprits. One of the main reasons why expansion and contraction happens with your door is due to an abundance of moisture. This can happen when a rainstorm comes through the area and increases the humidity.

Furthermore, a sticky door can signal that there are foundational issues in your Phoenix home. This includes plumbing leaks, drainage problems, or troublesome tree and shrub roots.

Guy Opening the Door

3. Your Windows are Difficult to Open and Close: Dust Buildup

If your windows are difficult to open and close, there may be a very easy fix. The most common reasons why you’re having trouble opening and closing your double hung windows is due to dirt and dust buildup. As dirt builds up in the window frame, it makes it difficult for the window to glide along the tracks. A simple cleaning may improve this situation.

On the other hand, there may be a problem with the spring in the window. This is located inside of the jamb. When it becomes too tight, it can be difficult to open and close the sash. You can try to adjust the spring to put your window back to working order.

If you’re having trouble with your home’s exterior, you may or may not be able to tackle the job on your own. Universal Windows Direct specializes in exterior replacement for Phoenix homes, specifically with windows and doors. If your windows and doors are causing you trouble, get in touch with us for a free consultation.