Your home is one of your biggest and most important assets. Not only is a home a considerable investment for individuals and families, but it is also one that requires smaller investments in home projects, renovations, and replacements through the years. One replacement that is very important, that often gets put to the side, are window replacements — but, how do you know when to replace windows?
Your house communicates in more than one way, so seeing the signs before a major incident will result in less time and money wasted in finding last-minute replacements.
Although windows tend to last quite a long period of time in a home, there are elements and factors that will dictate how often you should replace your windows. For example, a home exposed to rain, snow, and extreme temperatures should be looked into sooner, due to the pressure and temperature change the windows endure over the course of a season.
This article will go over when to replace windows in your home and how often you should replace windows.
So, here are 5 signs to see if your windows are in need of replacement:
1. You hear more noise than usual outside
Windows are critically important to protect you and your family from the elements. Good windows will also cancel out most noise from the outside world, giving you and your family peace and quiet.
A window that is in need of replacement will let more noise in through cracks or poorly installed glass. Double or triple pane glass will decrease the noise you experience from the outside world while keeping your family safe.
2. A rapid or gradual increase in your energy bill
This is a sure fire sign that your windows need to be replaced. If you are able to feel a breeze or feel a noticeable temperature change between the seal of your window, it is time to replace your sealing, frame, or the windows themselves.
Drafts from the outdoors can cause your HVAC system to overload keeping up with the temperature change which will end up costing you even more money in monthly energy bills.
3. Soft, damaged or chipped frames in need of repair
If the window frames are damaged, you can count on a full replacement. Soft water damaged wood or framing will cause the window to sag, bend, or even collapse. A chipped frame could be a result of an impact, wear and tear over time, or water damage. In the case of water damage, it is important to check for rot, mold, or mildew.
4. Windows that are stuck, don’t lock or are difficult to raise and close
If your windows are difficult to open, close, or lock, it is time for a replacement. Not only do broken, loose or stuck windows cause frustration every time it is time to open or close, but the faulty window or lock also poses a major security risk to your home.
5. Condensation between panes, frames, or cracks
The presence of moisture or cracks is always a reason to jump on replacing your windows. Not only does water often point to a bigger sign of water damage, but it is also a clear indication that the seals and frames have failed.
Cracks in your window pose risks for injury or security, and also can run up your energy bill costing you more money over time, when compared to the price of a simple replacement.
When it is time to replace your windows, call the experts at Signature Impact Windows & Doors to consult with. We are professionals who have been working in this industry for over 15 years. Don’t waste another minute with leaky, drafty windows! Give us a call, today.