5 Signs It’s Time For Replacement Windows
By: Architectural Visions
How frequently are you checking in on your windows?
If the answer is “almost never,” don’t worry – that’s common. Despite being one of the most prominent elements of how a home looks and functions, most people don’t take time to think about their windows until something breaks or malfunctions.
In fact, some households go multiple decades without a window replacement. The perception is that’s a good thing, since a longer lifespan helps justify the cost of new windows. However, because windows are sometimes so far out of mind, you might miss a serious problem developing until it’s too far gone.
Windows play a number of important roles within the home. They allow in natural light, defend against trespassers and improve energy efficiency. So while the need for a window replacement is not always obvious, it can be seriously detrimental to the overall performance of a home.
For this reason, it’s important to check on your windows every few months to assure they’re working correctly.
There are many signs that tell you when a window is not working properly. If you notice any of the warning signs below, it may be time to consider replacement.
Signs it’s time for a window replacement
1. They look worn out
The most obvious sign that it‘s time for a window replacement is visual decay.
Even the highest-quality windows will naturally deteriorate over time, since they’re constantly being exposed to various elements – from frigid temperatures to powerful, UV rays. If you notice rot, mold or signs of warping on the window frame, it’s definitely time to consider replacement.
2. They are difficult to operate
Opening or closing the windows within your home should never feel like a chore. If it does, something is probably malfunctioning.
Make sure to check for smooth, easy operation by opening each window in your home every so often. Any window that resists, has a malfunctioning lock or is swollen shut entirely is definitely worth assessing.
3. They are leaking
If you consistently notice large amounts of moisture building up on your window panes, you’re probably the victim of a leak.
Leaks are usually caused by poor installation or failed seals, both of which deserve attention. Not only will leaky windows cause damage to their frame, but they also fuel the growth of mold.
4. Your energy bills are too high
If the areas surrounding your windows feel cooler than the rest of your house, it’s possible that your windows have drafts.
Not only are these uncomfortable for inhabitants, but they’re also unnecessarily expensive, wasting costly energy while spiking up cooling and heating bills year-round. According to Energy.gov, drafty windows can raise energy bills by 10% to 25%.
5. Your home is too loud
If your peace and quiet is constantly being disrupted and you regularly hear cars approaching from down the street, your windows might be failing to block out sound. This problem is common in older or single-pane windows, but is not something you should try to ignore.
Any modern, high-quality window will absorb sound waves and keep them out of earshot. So, if your home is too loud, it’s probably time to consider a window replacement.
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