Do you wonder, when should I replace my windows? Sometimes, it is obvious that you need to replace the windows in your home, such as when one gets broken. Other times, it’s not so obvious. To help you decide whether or not it is time to replace all or some of your home’s windows, here’s a brief look at the top signs your windows need to be replaced.
Broken, Damaged or Warped
Examine the window frame for signs of damage, rot or weathering. Also, be on the lookout for signs of water damage, such as damp or dark patches and/or the nearby growth of mold or mildew. Check for drafts between the sashes and/or sash and frame. This can be caused by warping or torn weatherstripping.
Visually inspect the appearance of the glass. If it appears to have a film or condensation between the panes, the vacuum seal has been broken. Finally, if noises outside your window seem to be especially loud, the window is probably not sealed properly. In any of these situations, window replacement is usually your best option.
Hard to Open
When you have to struggle to open your windows, it is a sign that there is something wrong. Occasionally, it could be the result of the buildup of grit and dust. In this instance, a thorough cleaning may repair the problem. If it doesn’t, the window has probably warped or the tracks have begun to wear out. It is time to replace your worn out windows.
A New Look
Your windows are a prominent feature of your home. When they begin to look outdated and worn, it can definitely take away from your home’s exterior aesthetic appeal. You may want to consider swapping out your dated windows with new ones that give your home a facelift.
Improved Energy Efficiency
Drafty windows can increase your monthly energy bill by as much as 10 to 25%. Opting for new energy-efficient windows can drastically cut down on your monthly energy costs. Improvements in frame materials and technology make today’s windows superior to even windows built 10-15 years ago.
If your home was built prior to 1970, your windows may sport a single pane of glass or storm windows. Today, windows feature double and even triple panes that are superior to dated, drafty single pane windows. If you plan to put your home on the market, there is a good chance this will also make your home more appealing to potential buyers.
No Replacement Parts Available
There are times when you can simply repair an older window. Of course, if there are no replacement parts to be found, you’ll have to go a step further and replace the entire thing.
If you live in an area that is known for high winds, salt, and humidity, it can wreak havoc on your windows. They can become corroded and damaged in a short period of time. Fortunately, you can replace them with newer options that require little to no maintenance and will not chip, crack, dent, or peel. Additionally, replacement windows can offer increased protection from damaging storms.
A Renovation Project
If you are renovating an older home, you’ll definitely want to remove and replace any old windows. Use this opportunity to make a sound investment in your home. Installing a quality replacement window will pay dividends for years to come.
Whether your home’s windows are well past their lifespan or you simply want to give your tired home a new look, replacement windows are a great option to consider.
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