Think about the last time you’ve taken a good look at your windows. If it’s been a while, now is the time to make sure your windows are in good condition and are working as expected. Should you find any damage or issues with your windows, it might leave you wondering what you will need to do about it. We look at the major signs that indicate the need for window replacement.
Recurring Cold Drafts
One of the first signs you will notice when your windows fail to perform is the regular cold draft in your home. If you feel cool air near your windows, this usually indicates that the seals are damaged. Once you start to see this damage, you should quickly think of investing in window replacement. With a constant draft, your HVAC unit will read your home’s temperature and work harder than it should have to. By simply getting window replacement done, you won’t have to worry about this issue.
Window Condensation Between the Panes
Old or damaged seals not only make way for cool air to come into your home, but they are also the culprit of “sweating” or condensation between your window glass panes. When seals are damaged, it makes it much easier for moisture to find its way between the glass and it will condensate. Energy-efficient windows are highly recommended to prevent this issue from occurring in the future.
Inability to Filter Outside Noise
Your windows should act as a natural source of insulation. If you can hear every little noise coming from outside, from your neighbor’s dog barking to traffic, this could indicate the need for window replacement. With excess noise in your home, your windows may not be providing enough insulation. You can look into new models of windows that are specifically designed to reduce sound.
Water Damage, Decay, Mold
As we mentioned earlier, damaged window seals can wreak all kinds of havoc on your windows. When water condensates and builds up between window panes, mold and mildew can grow. Mold and mildew can reach as far as window panes and cause the material to rot. Some damage simply cannot be undone, so a window replacement will be necessary at some point.
High Utility Bills
When your HVAC starts overworking, your utility bill will increase dramatically. Sometimes, HVAC units will work harder when the unit notices a disruption in the temperature. This can easily be managed by eliminating the drafts in your home. To check for drafts, you can have a professional come in and assess the source of your high utility bill.
Cracked or Weathered Down
Just like everything else in your home, your windows can deal with wear and tear over the years. Once you have cracks and warps in your windows, you need to get window replacement done right away. Cracks and warps are only bound to worsen, which can cause a bigger problem for you and your household in the future. Needless to say, any major kind of damage should signal for window replacement.
Trouble Operating Windows
Have you ever had trouble opening or shutting your windows? While there may be a simple solution, sometimes, there simply isn’t. Say you have tried all kinds of solutions, you might find yourself asking, “What now?”. Once it comes to this, you can start looking into new windows. If you want to be able to open windows with ease, you could look into casement and awning windows, which allow you to slide the windows open without having to crank them too much.
Most things in your home, if it’s owned, will eventually need replacement or upgrading. This is especially true for windows. Windows typically have a lifespan of a few decades, but they can start to function against your needs and expectations even before they completely give out. Whenever you start to notice any kind of damage, no matter how severe, you should invest in window replacement to take care of it early on.
Outdated or Lacking Curb Appeal
Most of the time, a window replacement is meant to fix specific issues. Although, a window replacement could also help you work on your home’s curb appeal! You won’t always need to do maintenance for functional issues, it may simply be for the aesthetic of your home! If you feel your windows need upgrading or modernizing, you could always look into new and trending products.
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