Are you wondering if it's time to replace your windows?
Windows provide great ventilation, plenty of natural light, and security for your family. Windows need to function and perform properly to get the most out of them. Luckily, you can usually tell if your windows need replacing before you start having larger problems.
1. Increased Energy Bills
Have you noticed a recent increase in the cost of heating and cooling your home? If so, this could indicate that your current windows aren't correctly sealed or energy efficient.
There are three places where windows could be leaking energy.
Around or through the glass where you can feel a draft coming in around the edges or where you can see ice buildup at the bottom.
On an opening window in between the openers and the window frame.
In between the window frame and your house.
If you can feel a draft coming in around the window/glass edge or hear more outside noise, these are good signs it's time for a window replacement. New windows with a good energy rating that are installed correctly will help decrease your energy bills.
2. Foggy Inside Window Glass
If you notice moisture or fogginess in between the glass panes, this is a very good indication your glass needs to be replaced. Several different things can cause this, but it's always a sign that you need to contact your local window experts.
3. Your Windows Don't Operate Properly
Windows won’t operate properly for a variety of reasons including warping, house shifting or perhaps a poor installation. Windows can warp after years of exposure to varying temperatures and moisture. House shifting could lead to the movement of the window. If the window is not installed correctly, it may work for a while or until the window settles itself but may become an issue later. Any of these reasons can lead to them no longer fitting in the window frame properly. When this happens, you'll likely notice they become much more difficult to open and close or won’t seal properly.
If your house has shifted or the window was installed incorrectly, you may be able to remove and reinstall your current window for it to operate again. If you have warping, in most cases the best solution is to replace your windows to ensure a proper fit.
4. Curb Appeal
Take a look at your windows from the outside of your home. Are they looking a bit rough? Older windows will start showing signs of wear and tear, which can impact the aesthetics of your home. Wood windows will certainly need to be painted and maintained consistently to keep a good curb appeal.
Investing in new maintenance free windows will not only give you an attractive curb appeal, but it will also lower the amount of upkeep you would need to do.
Changing your window style or color is a great way to improve curb appeal while updating the look of your home and increasing your property value.
5. Window Frames Are Decaying
Wood windows will rot over the years, especially in climates that experience severe weather. It’s not a matter of ‘if they will’, it’s a matter of ‘when they will’. With proper maintenance it could prolong this from occurring and will happen slower on windows made from old growth wood. If you notice soft or cracked wood, it is a good indication it is time to consider replacing your windows as repairing windows with rot properly is nearly impossible.
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