Often times homeowners don’t think about replacing their windows until a problem has occurred; perhaps one of your kids’ rogue baseballs crashed through the living room or you recognized your existing windows aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing.
However, ignoring your windows for years on end could be costing you money or just making your home uncomfortable.
Read on as we highlight some common issues associated with poor quality windows and signs it’s time to replace. When was the last time you checked the condition of your windows?
Many homeowners have been in their homes so long they don’t even think to check or perhaps you’ve been more focused on another home project, like painting the bathrooms or buying new furniture.
If your home has aluminum or wood framed windows, you may not even notice the problems they cause. Homes that are over 20 years old with the original windows are typically due for an upgrade, but there are some easy ways to check. Here’s when to know it’s time to replace your windows.
1. You Feel a Draft
Up to 25% of a home’s heat escapes through the windows. If you touch your windows and can feel the cold outside or there’s a draft when you stand nearby (compared with the rest of your home) then you should consider replacing your windows. When you have high-quality windows, the outside weather will stay where it belongs.
2. It’s Noisy Inside
Stand by the windows in your home and listen.
- Can you hear the cars outside?
- A person talking a few doors down?
Single-pane, and sometimes double-pane windows, will carry sound vibrations from outside into your home.
This noise can be annoying and disturb the peace and quiet inside. Truly efficient windows will absorb sound waves and block them from entering your space.
3. Poor Operation
Can you even open and close (without struggling) the windows in your home? If even a small amount of force is necessary or they’re painted or swollen shut, it’s time to replace.
Wood windows are often guilty of this. Whatever the reason is, opening your windows shouldn’t count as your arm exercise for the day.
4. Visible Damage
We know that some of our other warning signs require work on your end to determine if it’s time to replace, but this is a clear red flag.
- Frame deterioration
- Broken glass
- Visible water stains on or around the window
- A warped or broken frame
Have you noticed any of these issues? Replace the window, or you may see the comfort of your home affected.
Is it common for you to see fog or condensation build up on your windows? Not all condensation is bad, but some kinds should cause concern.
If there’s condensation between two panes of glass, that’s bad and may indicate that the seals have failed and can lead to leaky windows.
Our team of experts can review your windows and advise if the condensation you’re dealing with is bad or not.
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Have you noticed any of the above issues with your windows at home? Even if you haven’t it’s worth having a professional take a look.
Your windows play a crucial part in the overall function of your home. Schedule a FREE in-home consultation with one of our experts today!
We can assess the current state of your windows and take you through our different offerings, like Infinity from Marvin.