1. 3)Cracked window panes - A cracked glass pane lets a minor amount of outdoor air into a home, but is mostly a safety concern. The fracture line shifts slightly over time and develops a sharp raised edge. Also, once the glass is cracked, any further stress will cause it to shatter.

  2. 4)Lack of exterior flashing - One hallmark of a quality building contractor is a strip of metal flashing that covers the top of the window trim and is secured behind the siding directly above the window. It’s an effective deterrent to water entry at the top of the window. Some builders depend on a bead of caulk to seal the seam between the siding and top trim, but the caulk eventually fails.

  3. 5)Missing or damaged screens - Sometimes they are stored in the attic or a corner of the garage. We check around before declaring them missing.

  4. 6)Windows do not open or difficult to operate - We test each window that is reasonably accessible, and note any problems operating them. If the seller has furniture in front of the window, or delicate bric-a-brac on the window sill, sometimes can’t risk moving the belongings to test the window

  5. 7)Evidence of water intrusion - Staining, especially around or below the window sill, is our visual clue of water intrusion. Further evaluation with a infrared camera and/or moisture meter follows.

  1. 8)Broken locks - Older window locks that don’t function can be due to damaged lock hardware or misalignment of the sash.

  2. 9)Missing operating handles - Can’t test the window without them.

  3. 10) Lack of tempered glass at required locations - We look for the “bug” (manufacturer’s tiny imprint on the glass indicating tempering).

   “Fenestration” is a fancy word that architects use to describe the door and window openings in a building. Because problems often show themselves around these openings, we look at each of them carefully.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
©2015 - McGarry and Madsen Inspection.


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