When was the last time you walked around your house and checked the condition of all of your windows? If your home is older and has aluminum or wood-framed windows you might not even notice the problems with them. Having quality windows installed in your home is important because it helps to improve the energy efficiency of your home, improve your homes curb appeal, and can thwart off burglars who can easily access your home through a worn-out or broken window.
Here are the top 5 signs you need to replace the windows in your home.
Do you have cold air coming through your windows in the winter months? What about hot air during the summer? Both of these are good indicators that your windows need to be replaced. If you’re unsure, touch the glass – does it feel cold? In the winter months, this means that all the warm air that is being pumped into your home is immediately cooled as soon as it gets near your window. This is wasting energy in your home and making your home’s overall temperature colder in the winter and hotter in the summer. Old windows will cause your heating and cooling systems to work overtime in trying to keep your house at the comfortable temperature you desire.
If you’re noticing that your summer cooling and winter heating bills are much different than previous years, and you know your windows are on the older side, assume it’s time to replace your windows. Not only will replacing the windows of your home improve energy efficiency, but it will maintain a more comfortable temperature in your home year round and increase the value of your house.
Walk around your home and try to open and close every window. Look for the smooth operation of each one. If you find that any of your windows require force to open or pressure to close you might have a problem. Another thing to look for is whether any windows are painted or swollen shut. Windows should open and close easily without exerting too much effort, if they don’t you likely need to replace them. The formation of rust and rot on your windows also factor into this, indicating that your existing windows are in need of repair or replacement.
One of the easiest signs that indicate you need to repair or replace your windows is decaying window frames. When wooden window frames are exposed to moisture, they can begin to break down which can lead to decay. This creates more gaps in the opening of your home allowing external air and elements to enter your house.
Leaking windows are another sign that something is wrong with your windows and they are in need of repair or replacement. If it’s a minor leak you may be able to have it repaired, however, if you notice pools of water on the floor beneath the window it’s likely you’ll need to have them replaced. Don’t ignore a leaky window – as moisture builds up you risk the growth of mold growing or permanent structural damage to your house, even if it’s only a little bit of water it is best to get your windows inspected by a professional.
Can you hear a lot of street noise from the inside of your home, even if the windows are closed? Single-pane windows and even some older double-pane windows will allow the transfer of sound vibrations from the street into your house. Which means you’ll hear a lot of outside noise inside. If this bothers you, you should consider having high-quality energy efficient windows installed which will absorb these sound waves before they enter your home. Triple pane glass with argon or krypton filled glass will allow you to relax and enjoy the sounds within your home rather than be distracted by outside noise.
If you notice there is fog or condensation building up in or around your windows on a regular basis, you should have your windows checked out. In some cases it’s normal, but if you have double pane windows and there is fog or condensation it might be a sign the window seals have failed and your window is no longer functioning properly. It is allowing unwanted outside air and elements to seep into your home. You can easily get the glass replaced or the entire window replaced by a professional to fix this problem.
Windows are a great home improvement investment that will boost your home’s value and significantly improve its curb appeal. Windows are a functional upgrade and is a great project that is sure to pay for itself in no time.
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