Just like everything else in a home, windows have a life span. There will come a time in your life as a homeowner where you will need to consider replacing your windows. Unfortunately, many people are not aware that there is a problem with their windows and do not realize how much money they could save on energy costs simply by replacing their windows.
The windows in your home may look like they are in great shape, but this does not mean that it does not need to be replaced. There are several things to consider when determining the condition of the window and whether or not replacement should be considered. Choosing to replace your windows can save you frustration, time, and money because if you neglect to replace your windows at the appropriate time you may end up with utility bills that are quite costly as well as other types of repair bills.
There are several reasons that a window may need to be replaced including:
- Start feeling a draft coming through them
- The panes rattle when it is windy
- Condensation appears on the glass
- Wood begins to rot
- Difficult to open and close
- Will not stay open
- Paint begins to chip
Here are some tips to help you determine whether or not your windows need to be replaced.
Glass and Frame Inspection
One of the easiest ways to determine whether or not you need replacement windows is to perform a quick inspection. If there is a leak present you are most likely going to be able to see it. Drafts are often noticeable, but a draft testing tool can verify whether or not your window is leaking air in and out of your home. The draft testing tool is also a temperature reader, which can help determine whether the glass pane needs to be serviced.
Over time, glass begins to deteriorate and may become warped in some areas. This thinning/warping can reduce the window’s ability to insulate greatly. Additionally, the weather stripping of the window can be one of the main causes of heat loss. Look around the frame of the window and if you see light or any gaps at all, you need to replace the hardware of the window.
How Well Does the Window Function
One of the other ways that you can determine whether replacement windows are needed is to test the window’s functionality. Can you easily slide the window up and down? When locked is the seal of the window tight? It is especially important to check the seal when locked if the windows are older. Traditional windows were made with weights on ropes that aided the sliding mechanism of the window. These ropes tend to break. When the ropes break opening and shutting the window can become quite difficult. If your home has these types of windows and you are struggling with opening and shutting them, it is time to consider replacement windows.
There are a number of different reasons that a home’s windows may need to be replaced at some point. Modern windows often have a 30 year lifespan, but there are circumstances such as weather, over use, etc. that may shorten this lifespan. It is likely that replacing your windows will come before they start to wear thin because of their age.
No matter what the reason, any window in your home that is broken or damaged needs immediate attention. Having windows that are in working order will ensure that your home is properly insulated from the elements. Window replacement can be a great home improvement investment and you will likely be surprised at how much money you can save on energy costs by simply installing new windows.
In the next post we are going to talk about the benefits of replacement windows.