When to replace your house windows

Authored by Sarah Parker
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 09:18

No matter how well-maintained your home windows are, they don’t last forever. If they are more than 20 years old, chances are you need to replace them. There are other factors too, for example; windows in houses of coastal cities need replacement much sooner than in other cities.

Even if windows are in good shape, you may consider energy efficient replacement windows and modern designs. For instance, if your house has square windows, you may want to install bay windows.

Broken windows is a clear sign of window replacement, but it’s not all. These tell-tale signs indicate when you need to replace the windows.

1. Damaged or Broken

When a window breaks or gets damaged, you don’t think of replacing it. You just think about fixing the damage. Depending on what broke (frame or sash), you might be better off replacing them altogether. 

2. No Noise Control

Do your windows provide little outdoor noise protection? It could either be because they are not properly sealed or they were poorly constructed.

You need new windows that have a well-insulated glass. If you live on a busy road or a crowded neighborhood, the windows with poor noise control need to go.

3. Condensation

Over time, windows start frosting between the layers of the glass. This happens because of the seal. It allows moisture to seep between the glass panes. This is a sign of replacement as well.

4. Sudden Change in the Weather

When there is an unexpected change in the weather and your windows fail to provide enough protection, you need to replace them immediately.

5. Home Renovation

Are you planning to do some remodeling around the house? Perhaps changing the furniture, getting the house repainted or installing wallpaper? It would be unfair to change everything but the windows.

Windows can make or break the look of the entire room. You cannot hide the old windows behind curtains all the time. You would definitely want to keep the curtains open to enjoy the view and let the sunlight in. This calls for upgrading your windows. Check replacement glass for windows prices for planning an upgrade.

6. Higher Energy Bill

If you have seen a sudden spike in the energy bill, chances are your windows aren’t doing a good job retaining the temperature.

Windows provide some extent of heat in the winter by letting some sunlight in. Drafty windows can spike your energy bill from 10 to 25 percent. This calls for replacing your windows with energy-efficient windows that reduce both your heating and cooling bills.

When choosing new windows, make sure you consider the climate in your location. Not all energy-efficient windows are ideal for the same location. Choose the windows that suit your climate the best.

7. Improved Security

Windows play an integral role in keeping your family and pets safe. Durable, sturdy, and reliable windows provide better protection and offer peace of mind. Modern windows are created with new film technology to prevent injury in case the glass breaks. The latest glass panes are designed to splinter into tiny pieces instead of large shards.

8. They Are Hard To Open

Windows that don’t function well are pretty annoying. Think about it; what if you need to escape through the windows in case of an emergency and they don’t open? Before that happens, replace these windows. Even if you don’t open them much, it’s still recommended to change them.

Replacing the windows is expensive but certain conditions make it necessary to upgrade. If that’s your case, what are you waiting for? Start your hunt for new windows.

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