Have you recently started hearing popping noises coming from your windows? Do not worry, you aren’t simply hearing things that aren’t there! In fact, popping noises coming from your windows is a common enough problem, and there are a few reasons why this may be happening. In order to fix the problem, however, it is important you figure out the root cause. Generally speaking, popping noises coming from your windows is the result of expanding and contracting materials caused by your window cladding. If you live in an area with cooler overnight temperatures and a harsh morning sun, you probably know what we are talking about. Below, we will explain the three most common reasons your windows are making popping noises, and what you can do to fix the issue.
Aluminum Windows or Aluminum Cladding on Your Windows
Aluminum is a common culprit when it comes to pesky popping noises. This is because aluminum is a material that very quickly and easily expands and contracts as temperatures change. This can cause movement in the material, which creates the audible popping sounds. Even if you do not have aluminum window frames, it could be the aluminum cladding surrounding the windows themselves. Generally, the coil stock aluminum used as trim wrapping around the windows may cause these popping noises due to expansion or contraction associated with rapid heating and cooling cycles.
Low-E Glass Windows
Did you notice the popping noises began after replacing your existing single pane windows that face aluminum siding with Low-E glass? If so, the focused reflection of the sun’s energy from the Low-E coated glass can quickly heat the siding on the adjacent walls. In turn, this causes the aluminum to expand quickly, which inevitably creates a popping sound as the siding expands and contracts along the wall. Unfortunately, there is no basic solution to the problem, unless you swap the glass for a non-Low-E glass which will not cause the reflection of the sun’s energy. However, this is not the ideal option if you are concerned about the energy efficiency of your windows.
Poor Window Installation
Another common cause for popping noises coming from your windows is if they were improperly or poorly installed. For example, if your windows were installed out of square, plumb, or plane, the jamb sides of the frames can bend inward and put pressure on the window sashes. This pressure can create noise when you attempt to operate the unit. The only way to fix this issue is to remove the windows and have them reinstalled correctly.
Finding the Right Replacement Windows Contractor from the Get-Go
Finding the right replacement windows contractor from the get-go is your best bet when it comes to preventing pesky popping noises. Yet with so many contractors out there, how do you find the right one? The reality is finding the right contractor can definitely make the whole process of replacing your windows that much simpler and less stressful. An important step is knowing what you need. If you know ahead of time the type of window you are after, you will save yourself a lot of time trying to find the right contractor because you will know who and what you are looking for. Another important and perhaps most vital step is getting references. Unless you are looking at contractors that your friends or family have recommended, you should never hire one without asking for a few references. You can start with websites like Angie’s List, Yelp, Customer Lobby or Houzz to find out what people have said about contractors you are considering hiring.