Having a hard time deciding if they need to be replaced? Read below for tell-tale signs.
Many homeowners don’t really know how old their windows are for one reason or another. Either they moved into their home recently and don’t have that information or they’re a long-time home owner of their current house and they can’t remember how long ago their windows were replaced, or maybe they never were.
Stepping back from the windows, they may look just fine, but up close you may see some signs telling you otherwise. No matter your windows age, issues can occur at any time, so it’s good to be familiar with the signs that indicate you may want to start thinking about replacing your windows.
Drafty windows wreak havoc in the winter on your energy bill, letting in the cold air and allowing the heated air to escape. Can’t tell if one or more windows are drafty just by standing in a room? Go up to each window frame and hold a facial tissue up to it to see if it moves.
2. Increase in Your Energy Bill
If your windows are letting cold air in and heated air out in the winter, your heating will be working harder to keep the temperature within your home comfortable. The same is true for the summer months if you have air conditioning – It will be working harder to keep the air cooler while the hot summer air is coming in through your windows.
3. Single Pane Windows
Single pane windows are not as energy efficient as double or even triple glazed. No matter the temperature of the air outside, the coolness or warmness will make your heating or air conditioner units work harder. By switching your windows, you’ll notice a decrease in your energy bills and lower your carbon footprint.
4. Difficult Window Operation
Opening and closing your windows should be an easy thing to do – fluid like. If operating your windows is anything like exercise, it may be a sign they need to be replaced.
One tell-tale sign that it’s time to replace your windows is recurring condensation and frost. Condensation can occur for multiple reasons, however, if it is a constant issue, the window has had it’s time.
Between two panels of glass, there should be an air-tight seal to better insulate, reducing heat transfer. If this seal is cracked, you’ll find moisture gathered in between the panels.
Windows open and close for a reason. Sure, while it may be lovely to hear the sounds of nature, you probably don’t want to hear cars driving down the street. With newer windows, you have the option to let the outside in. With older or worn windows, those sounds aren’t absorbed so you hear plenty of what’s going on in your neighborhood.
8. Rotting and Weathered Frames
No matter how high quality your frames are, they can still rot overtime and become weathered. In our climate, the moisture can cause rot in the frames and mold can sometimes grow. If you notice any rotting, it is time to replace the windows.
Windows are always in direct contact with the elements, which over time can visibly damage them. Noticing any signs of warping, cracks in the glass, water damage, or a fogginess in the glass, it’s time for replacements.