Glass windows are the most vulnerable components of our homes, whether we like it or not. And unfortunately, homeowners can only do so much when it comes to protecting their windows from natural elements and accidents. That being said, there are a number of things you may not be considering that have the potential to wreak havoc on your residential windows in Laramie, WY. Here are five of those things:
- Structural changes: As sturdy as your house may seem at first glance, all homes shift and move throughout the course of their lifespan. This can mean stress and strain on the frames and glass that make up windows. If, for example, a part of your home drops a few inches in unstable soil, this can cause windows to come under pressure and break. The only solution is to stabilize the foundation and replace the broken windows. If you think extreme settling might be happening, consult a soil professional.
- Rocks and debris: When we are concentrating on mowing our lawns or weed-eating around the shrubs, we often don’t consider the potential for broken windows—even though weed-eaters, lawnmowers and other motorized garden tools are notorious for damaging window glass. A small rock or a piece of debris can be easily picked up in the rapidly spinning blades and launched toward your home. Be careful not to mow or weed-eat in areas with small pebbles or sticks, and consider attaching an extended guard on tools with the potential for chucking things.
- Trees and branches: Windows and skylights are the natural enemies of tree limbs and small branches, with trees most always coming out the victor when they do battle. During heavy storms or winds, broken or swinging branches can cause substantial damage to windows. Even skylights are at risk. To avoid the frustration of storm-related window damage, be sure to trim your trees and have an arborist evaluate their health every couple years. It may seem like a pain, but it beats having a broken window on a rainy, stormy night.
- Burglars: Burglars are jerks who love breaking windows to get into homes to steal, but there are steps you can take to make it harder for them. Consider large, thorny shrubs around the first floor windows and post up mock alarm company stickers for larger sliding glass doors. While there is no way to completely guarantee a burglar won’t break your residential windows in Laramie, WY, you can at least make them think twice about it.
- Kids: Perhaps more than any other threat, children pose the greatest danger to your windows. From front yard sports gone wrong to indoor horseplay, your offspring are actually the most likely culprit to break a window. Be sure the windows in your home are double-pane safety glass to improve structural resilience and avoid a potentially serious injury in the event of a window break.
At Cowboy Glass LLC, we know that life happens, and we are here to help repair or replace your residential windows in Laramie, WY should anything happen to them. Call today for glass service options.