When Is It Time to Replace Your Windows?
The lifespan of high-quality, well-maintained windows can stretch for two decades or more. It all depends: on your location, on the kind of weather your home endures, on the type of windows you install, and on a range of other factors.
Run-down or damaged windows can impact your home’s overall comfort, security, curb appeal (interior and exterior), and energy efficiency. Outdated window styles can limit the amount of natural light in your home, draining your productivity and mental health. Even a poor window seal can invite outdoor noise and disturb your quiet time.
So, when is it time to replace home windows? From subtle indicators like a phantom draft or stuffy room, to more obvious problems like an inoperable window with a badly warped frame, consider the top signs your home is begging for an upgrade or makeover.
Your windows are damaged, warped, or broken.
You could probably repair a window with old weather-stripping, missing hardware, and other minor problems. But quick fixes rarely solve the more serious issues. For damaged, warped or broken sashes or frames, opt instead to replace your windows.
Even operable windows can fog up, cause a draft, refuse to stay open, or stick when opening or closing. Built-up moisture damage (especially on wooden window frames) can spiral downward towards serious decay. Chipped, soft-to-the-touch window frames — indicating rot and water infiltration — are likely already damaged beyond repair.
Leaky windows can leave a pool of water on your floor and fuel the growth of mold. Wait too long to replace home windows and small leaks can upgrade to major problems. Moisture build-up is a symptom of a something more significant. The only way to truly fix a leaking window is to replace it.
Your energy bills are through the roof.
Perhaps it’s wintertime…and the space by the window feels colder than the rest of your home. Maybe the glass feels cold to the touch or you feel a cold draft even with the windows closed. And when it all takes a toll on your heating bill: it’s probably time to replace your home windows.
Drafty windows with faulty seals or poor installation can drastically change the overall temperature inside your home. As the temperature drops during the winter — and rises during the summer — your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your living space comfortable. When hot and cold air leaks in and out of your home, you waste countless dollars on energy expenses.
Energy-efficient windows allow the beautiful outdoors in without letting the comfortable inside air out. Insulation technology and special coatings block solar heat outside and reflect heating and cooling back into your home. High-performance thermal spacers create a tighter seal to limit heat conductivity and condensation between the panes. Expect to pay more upfront for energy-efficient windows — but to waste less in the long run.
You hear a lot of outside noise.
More than just welcome warm sunlight and fresh air into your home, the perfect window also keeps noise from a busy neighborhood or street out of your home. And incorrectly sealed or poorly made windows do little to protect your peace and quiet.
Where single-pane windows transfer sound vibrations from the street into your home, double or triple-pane insulated glass windows absorb outside sound waves before entering your home.
Swap out your old, outdated, or otherwise out of order home windows for modern, energy efficient models — and take back control over your time to rest, relax, and recharge.
Your windows are hard to open, close, and lock.
Every window in your home should open and close with a smooth glide.
Rusted, rotted, off-balanced, warped, or otherwise damaged windows — including windows painted or swollen shut — may require a bit of force and pressure to open and close. And that’s a problem.
More than keep your home stylish and your living space comfortable, windows also keep your family safe. From a window that won’t open —making it hard for your family to escape in an emergency — to a window that won’t close or lock — making it easy for intruders to enter — small problems can amount to major hazards.
If you want to keep your family safe, then it might be time to replace your windows.
Your home needs a facelift.
Windows top the list of the most prominent interior and exterior home features. Design is a close second to quality and a driving force behind selecting the best windows for your home.
Windows with bowed sides, peeling paint, fading colors, warped material, sagging frames, mold stains, and other eyesores can seriously dwindle your curb appeal. Trends change, concepts go out of style, and new ways of decorating your home emerge from modern magazines.
For example: neat, suburban rows of double-hung windows faded into the background as more unique styles and profiles — large picture windows, floor-to-ceiling window walls, and window panels traveling high up on the wall — entered the spotlight.
Simple updates — like switching from a fixed sash window to a window that opens — can create major upgrades to your curb appeal and living space.
Daylight environments — proven to boost productivity, comfort, circadian rhythm regulation, and overall wellness — are reason enough to open up a dim or crowded room with a new sense of lighting and ambiance.
If it’s time for something new and improved, then it might be time to replace your windows.
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