Inspecting Windows & Doors

Home Inspector with National Property Inspections

Windows and doors in a commercial or residential property are important for aesthetics, safety and energy efficiency. Understanding the type, function and condition of the windows and doors can help determine future maintenance projects. How do you determine the condition of your windows and doors for maintenance purposes?

A qualified professional will assess the condition and safety of doors and windows on the exterior and interior of the home. The first thing the inspector will note on the exterior is the type of front door. The inspector will observe the door's condition to see if it is warped, split or scratched, and if the glass is cracked. The inspector will also perform a visual inspection of the condition of the windows. The most common problems for windows are cracked, missing or broken panes. The inspector will check the wood around the window frame to see if it is rotting out or in need of paint.

On the inside of the home, the inspector will check the window and door operation. The inspector will also look for the presence of screens or storm windows and breaks or cracks in the window panes. If conditions allow, the inspector will assess thermal pane windows for evidence of problems with the seal.  

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