High performance, well-maintained windows can last 20 years or more, but if your windows are more than 15 years old and showing any of the warning signs below, you might need to get them replaced. Further, new windows could improve your comfort, reduce your energy bills and add value to your home.
1. Seal Failure
Do you notice that moisture or water spots are collecting on the inside of your window? That’s a clear sign your unit has failed; allowing outside air and moisture between the panes of glass. You could end up with mold growing inside the frame, not to mention a frosty window is a major eyesore. Higher quality windows can oftentimes be repaired with glass replacement, but in some cases total window replacements may be the most cost-effective option.
2. Difficult Operations
Do your windows stick when you try to open or close them? If you struggle to open and close your windows, not only is it a huge inconvenience but it also poses a dangerous safety hazard in the event of a fire. Further, if your window doesn’t close properly, you may not be able to lock them, which can threaten the security of your home. A new window with updated hardware should make operating your windows a breeze.
Do you feel a draft, even after your window is shut? While quick fixes like weatherstripping or caulking might work well in some situations, sometimes total window replacement is the best solution. Think about all the wasted energy and stress on your HVAC system because of those gaps!
4. Warped, Cracked or Discolored Frames
Are your window frames cracking, warping, or fading? It’s important to remember that old windows can reduce your curb appeal, and if you’re in the market to sell your home – new windows would be a great selling point. Consider the design – you might want to replace a fixed window with an operable one. Or perhaps even replace with a larger size and expand your view and natural light.
5. Rising Energy Costs
Do you have high electric bills? Old single pane windows can make your home’s HVAC system work overtime, and cause your energy bills to skyrocket in harsh climates. Upgrading to energy efficient windows are proven to reduce your heating and cooling bills. We always recommend double pane units with low-emmisivity glass to keep your home cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter.