Let’s face it, some home improvement projects are less exciting than others, so it can be tempting to put them off for later, especially if you aren’t sure if they really need to be done. While there aren’t any set rules in terms of how long a window will last, once you know what signs to look for, it’s fairly easy to tell if you’re in need of a window replacement.
Your Windows are Old
The age of your windows can help you determine when they might need replacing. While old windows may still be functional, there’s a high likelihood that they’re not as efficient as new windows will be. If your windows are 20 years or older, that’s one sign your home could benefit from new windows.
Your Windows Don’t Operate Properly
You may notice that over time your windows don’t open or close as they should. This can lead to many problems, ranging from safety concerns to a major loss in energy efficiency. Difficulty operating your windows could stem from warped or misaligned tracks or debris, but regardless, if you notice that opening and closing your windows is a struggle it might be time to consider replacing them.
You Can’t Get Comfortable
If you notice a cool draft whenever you walk by the window, or a burst of hot air coming through in the summer months, it’s another clear sign that a window replacement is needed. Insulation issues indicate that your older windows aren’t effective at keeping you properly protected from the weather elements anymore. New windows will help keep your home comfortable all year-round, as well as improve the overall energy efficiency of your home, which will ultimately reduce your heating and cooling costs.
You Notice Condensation Forming
If you notice condensation forming on the inside of your windows, it’s important to know that something isn’t right with your existing windows. Your windows should provide a tight seal, so if that seal is warped or broken, it allows moisture to make its way inside. Water collecting on the glass can be very troublesome and potentially lead to dangerous mold growth and rot which can lead to expensive structural damage in addition to the cost of a new window.
Your Windows Appear Visibly Damaged
If your windows show any visible signs of damage, including cracks, chips, or warping, then that’s a strong indicator that you need a window replacement. Ignoring the signs of damaged windows won’t make them disappear, but rather, can lead to more extensive damage later. If that happens it will cost you a lot more than a window replacement.
Your Windows are Difficult to Maintain
Have you noticed that it’s difficult, if not impossible to properly clean and maintain your windows? That’s because older windows are much harder to keep clean than new windows, especially on second story homes. New double-hung windows allow the sash to tilt inward, making cleaning from the outside a much safer and easier chore. If you’re having difficulties cleaning and maintaining your older windows, then now is the perfect time to opt for a window replacement.
Are You Ready for New Windows?
Most homes have a lot of windows, and replacing them is a significant investment, so it’s critical that you hire the right professional window installation company with plenty of experience to ensure that the job is performed safely and correctly. For any window related questions or needs, don’t hesitate to contact your local trusted window authority at Armorvue Home Exteriors. We’re scheduling virtual appointments and would love to talk to you about how we can help you keep your home looking its best.