Windows play an important role in both the aesthetic beauty of your home and a functional role when it comes to energy efficiency. Your windows are also an important element for defining the style, curb appeal, and ultimately the home’s value.
When to Replace Windows in Your House
Most professionals agree new windows should last between 15 and 25 years before you need to begin thinking about replacement. Window construction and technology have improved immensely in the past couple of decades, and today most companies producing vinyl replacement windows offer a 20-25 year warranty.
If your windows are nearing this age or even older, it’s probably time to think about replacing them. If you’re not sure how old your windows are, there are some telltale signs to watch for letting you know it’s time to replace your old windows.
Five Signs It’s For Replacement Windows
While age is a definite factor when it comes to replacement windows, it’s not the only reason to consider replacing your home’s windows. There are some fairly obvious signs it might be time.
- Warped, Damaged, or Broken
Often, minor damage like worn-out weatherstripping or a broken lock can be easily repaired. However, if you have double or triple pane windows and the glass is cracked or broken, or if the frame is warped or soft to the touch, replacement is probably a better option. Soft frames can indicate rot or water damage which if left unattended can cause serious and costly damage to your home.
- Fog Up, Drafty, or Won’t Stay Open
Condensation build-up between multi-pane windows means the seals have failed, allowing moisture to infiltrate between the glass. Once the seals fail, any inert gas used to make the window energy efficient is gone. If you feel a draft when the windows are closed, several reasons could be causing this including poor insulation or faulty seals. Drafty windows can cause you to waste energy by making the HVAC work twice as hard. Windows that won’t stay open or are difficult to open may be a result of balance issues caused by improper installation.
If your windows are leaking when it’s raining, much like drafty windows, they’re causing you to waste energy and increasing your utility bills. Leaky windows can also lead to more serious problems like structural issues if the framing rots due to getting wet. In fact, leaky or drafty windows can cause your energy bills to significantly higher.
- You Have Single Pane Windows
Single pane window technology is dated, inefficient, and offers no soundproofing qualities. If you can hear a lot of outside noise, feel drafts, or cold when sitting in front of the window it might be time to replace your single pane windows with new double or triple pane technology. New multi-pane windows insulated with Krypton or Argon gas can decrease outdoor noise, insulate your home, and lower your energy costs.
- Visible Damage
Your home’s windows are one of its most prominent features and help to define its style and curb appeal. If they’re worn, fading, or visibly damaged, old windows detract from your homes look and can lower its value. Replacing your windows is a great way to give your home a facelift, make it more energy-efficient, and create a more comfortable and inviting interior. New windows can improve airflow and circulation, let in more natural light, and provide you with both aesthetic and health benefits!
If you see any of these signs, it’s time to call your local window professional to discuss replacement window options. Today there is a huge selection of styles, colors, and materials to choose from. Window technology has improved immensely in the past couple of decades and there are a number of options in terms of glazing and insulating gasses. A coating like Low-E glazing can reduce or eliminate the sun’s harmful rays. This keeps your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, plus it protects your fabric and carpets from fading.
If you’re in need of replacing your windows, Echols has been providing Atlanta area residents with high-quality roofing, siding, decking, and window services since 1960. We’re proud of our team members and the quality of service we provide local area homeowners. When you work with us you’ll always receive high-level, hassle-free, professional workmanship, and we make sure you’re delighted, every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more!