Windows are necessary components of all constructions. They provide some much-needed natural lighting, an outside view, and natural circulation. They’re also essential to your home’s outlook. Windows need to be maintained and replaced when necessary, providing multiple vital features in a home. If you have been thinking about a replacement but aren’t sure if it’s time yet, stay with us for some insight. Below, we’ve listed some key signs that your windows might not be in tip-top shape and need attention. We will also let you know what to do if you don’t want to invest in a window replacement service.
There are two reasons to replace a window unit. Either your current windows are in some way defective, or you are interested in the upgraded features modern windows have to offer. In the case of the former, your current windows might need to go if:
1) You can spot damages easily
Over time, window frames and different components wear out. Chips, cracks, holes, and rot can cause not only an eyesore, but security, energy efficiency, and convenience issues. If the damage is beyond repair, or the repair costs are roughly equal to a complete replacement, it’s time to reach out to a contractor and order service.
2) You feel the unusual draft
Old and worn-out windows that have lost their sealants will let the air in. The occasional gust of cold air on your back in the cold season is at the very least annoying. Besides, it will allow the precious heat to escape and your HVAC system to work double shifts. This can be significantly helped by a reseal, but if the draft source is a hole through the glass or the frame, it may call for a replacement.
3) There is a leak
Even a tiny leak can be detrimental to your window situation. An unattended leak during a rainy week can cause rot, corrosion, mildew, and in more severe cases, even water damage to the wall. Keep in mind that holes in the frame and some small holes in the glass can be patched.
4) If your windows are overly foggy
Excessive condensation can be a result of a hole in your window panes. That said, condensation doesn’t always point to a faulty window. Check the humidity, ventilation, and objects around your window before thinking about a replacement.
Sometimes, residents replace their windows to upgrade to more modern windows features. You might want to think about window replacement if:
1) You could use better soundproofing
A single-paned, fourth-story apartment window in a quiet neighborhood might do OK. But if you’re living next to traffic or have some enthusiastic pet neighbors, the “soundproofing” of your old windows might not cut it. More modern windows use newer and better soundproofing technology. These windows do a great job of keeping the noise outside and your peace of mind untouched.
Outside noise is not the only unwanted sound through a window. Older windows tend to start rattling over time.
2) You feel the need for extra safety
There are types of windows that use shatterproof and shatter-resistant glass to protect your house against break-ins. Many of these windows come with locks designed so that they cannot be pried. Besides, if you live in an extreme climate, more robust and safer windows also hold against fierce storms.
3) You need better insulation
Sometimes, you could use all the heat you can get. Higher-end, multi-pane windows do a better job of retaining the temperature inside. Additionally, by making it harder for the heat can escape, you lower the strain on your HVAC systems and increase their lifespan.
4) You’re going for a new look
The aesthetics are also a big part of a window. If you’re doing an extensive remodel, a more stylish set of windows is a great plus.
5) You need better functionality
Different windows have different functions. For example, sliding windows can be more convenient to work with compared to casement ones. They are harder to clean but go much better with window treatments like drapes and shades. On top of that, old and outdated windows aren’t typically specialized for specific uses and get noisy and clunky over time. Higher quality windows open, close, and lock more smoothly and quietly.
6) You need more UV protection
Upholstery and some floorings (like hardwood and vinyl) are photosensitive and lose color when exposed to the sunlight for a long time. In this case, depending on their quality and purpose, window glasses offer different levels of UV protection. A higher UV protection level means less harmful rays find their way into your home.
7) You haven’t thought about the return on property value
A thoughtful window replacement is a well-worth investment. The money you spend on a suitable window replacement is not all gone. High-quality windows will increase your property’s curb appeal and resale value.
8) Energy efficiency
According to research, the money you save on energy bills due to having better windows is not as much as it is blown out to be. At the very least, however, a more stable temperature inside saves you the headache of constantly adjusting the thermostat. On top of that, your heating systems won’t work as hard and live longer.
If, after considering everything, you have decided to replace one or more of your windows, go ahead and reach out to a service provider. But, before you do, check here to get a better idea of what to expect out of a window installation service.
What if I don’t want to replace my windows?
Generally speaking, older windows are more repairable and have more easily replaced parts. If most of the window structure is fine, but your window is usually worn out, it can be done as a DIY. You can quickly repair minor defects like small cracks, chips, and seams. In case of issues like worn-out weather stripping or malfunctioning parts, you can typically check with the manufacturer and order the parts.
Similarly, check with the manufacturer to know if the problem is beyond repair in case of more serious damages like broken glass. If you’re not ready to invest in a full-on replacement, here are a few tips on improving the lifespan of your windows.
How to make your windows last longer
If you want your windows to hold firm for those few extra years, you need to:
1) Repaint the frame
Depending on your location’s climate, the paint and coating of your windows wear out over time, especially on the inside. Apply a new layer of pigment to your windows every few years to make them look better and last longer.
2) Caulk and seal
Broken seals and caulking will impair your windows’ functionality by letting in outside air and noise. Inspect your windows regularly, especially before the cold seasons, to ensure you’re not losing heat to a worn-out sealant.
3) Clean regularly
Cleaning regularly is how you keep everything from premature wear and tear. Cleaning your windows of dust and dirt will prevent mold and all types of growth. Additionally, cleaning (and lubricating) the tracks will help your windows slide quickly and quietly.
4) Replace necessary parts
The weatherstripping is perhaps the essential part of a window. The weatherstripping acts as a sealant protecting the window from rainwater and heat loss. Replacing it is a cheap way of maintaining your windows for years to come.
Unless your windows are absolutely beyond repair, window replacement is a choice and is ultimately up to you. Here, we shared some signs that a replacement may be in order. We hope to have given you a better vision of where you stand in the replacement-or-repair spectrum.