Signs It is Time to Replace Your Windows…
Windows keep your home well-ventilated, comfortable, and safe. The type of window, where the window is located in your home and the amount of maintenance provided, impacts how long a window lasts. Exposure to the elements affects the condition of your windows over time, which can lead to decreased energy efficiency and decreased comfort from drafts and leaks. So how do you know when it’s time to replace your windows?
Here are 8 signs that the time to replace your window is now!
1. Visible Damage
Chipping paint, warped seals, deteriorated wood, or water stains on or around the window may indicate rot and water infiltration. Visible damage to the windows not only looks unattractive but can also point to where your windows may be compromised. Leaky windows can lead to unwanted infiltration of water into your home that can also cause additional issues.
2. Noticeable Draft
Over time, deterioration and normal wear and tear will cause old windows to stop protecting your home. If it seems like your house just does not get warm enough during the winter, you may be suffering from drafty windows. Drafty windows allow significant amounts of cold air inside. Noticeable drafts mean your windows are not functioning properly and you should consider replacement windows.
3. Spike in Energy Bills
During the winter or summer, an abnormally high energy bill may be a sign that your windows aren’t operating efficiently. Inefficient windows let cold air in and warm air out. This means your furnace/AC has to work overtime to compensate for the loss of heat. It is better for your wallet and the environment to reduce your heating and cooling costs by installing energy-efficient windows.
4. Difficult to Open and Close
When windows close properly or you have trouble locking them, they won’t provide a tight seal against leaks and drafts and can also impact the safety of your home. When your windows are difficult to open and close it will also prevent you from allowing fresh air into your home. New windows and doors are designed to open and close with ease, provide protection from wind and rain,, and help keep your home safe. Learn more about how different types of windows operate and the benefits they can provide your home.
5. Dropping Windows
Windows that slide down are not only annoying but can also be dangerous. When the spring system on a double or single hung window is broken or worn out windows drop. For parents with children, it’s important to watch your children around windows that have the potential to fall down and injure them. If you’re concerned about windows that won’t stay up or tired of propping up windows it’s time to look for newer, safer windows that function properly.
6. Outside Noise
Your home is your sanctuary. It is where you find peace and quiet away from noisy neighbors and busy traffic. However, when your refuge is disturbed you can possibly blame poorly sealed windows and outdated glass. Noise-reducing windows with dual-insulating glass units decrease sound from coming into your home. For added protection against unwanted outdoor noise choose a sound-reducing glass package.
7. Look Old and Outdated
Replacing old, worn-out windows can drastically improve the exterior and interior of your home. Faded paint, antiquated storm windows, and old-fashioned window grilles often detract from your curb appeal, making your home look and feel outdated. New windows give you a refresh and can better complement the overall design of your home. (Yes, you can replace your windows during the winter!).
8. Remodeling Includes Updating Windows
Windows are a statement element that can dramatically impact the interior design of your home as well as potentially increase the value of your home. Remodeling a kitchen or a bathroom starts with a good foundation including windows, walls, and flooring. Choose the right window style and size to make the remodel pay off in the transformation as well as in your energy savings.