Are you good at sealing up houses, tight as a drum?
We’ve talked about green building recently. Seeing as how in summer in Florida the heat is always trying to invade air conditioned spaces, maybe we should take a look at keeping the heat out and the cool air inside.
Here’s an interesting fact. If there is a sliver of a gap around a living room size window – say … 1/16″ or even less……when you add up the lineal footage, it can easily total a full square inch of space. Caulking shrinks or shrivels with age. Old windows are now well fastened and can wiggle sometimes when the window is opened and closed. There are a variety of reasons why a gap could appear.
But what happens later?
Think about a full square inch of space. That’s around the size of a garden hose. So, in hurricane force conditions, that gap around the window could act the same as a full speed garden hose squirting water into the house.
If you are a homeowner, has this way of presenting this idea convinced you to check your windows to see if they are “tight as a drum”? If you are a contractor, do you think this way of presenting this condition could translate into you selling any window upgrade work?
Keeping windows sealed well, keeps out the water in a driving wind storm, and it also keeps the A.C. inside. Check your windows and those of your clients and see what you find.
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