Is it time for new windows?
Home renovation can be stressful, especially when the renovation is something more daunting, like replacing old windows. Compared to weekend projects, installing new windows is more time consuming and expensive. However, allowing old windows to remain in place past their prime comes with its own costs. Read on to learn the signs that your windows really do need to be replaced.
Difficult opening and closing
If you’re having trouble opening, closing, and/or latching windows, it’s a sign that it may be time to replace them. Several factors could conspire to make windows inoperable, including incorrect installation, an imbalance that is aggravated as time passes, frames that are soft or even swollen from rot and moisture.
If you’re feeling a draft even though all of your windows and door are closed, you probably need new windows. As with inoperability, drafts can be a sign of poor installation; however, seals can also become compromised over time, and windows can develop cracks and gaps. Whatever the cause, drafts force your HVAC system to work harder to maintain a consistent temperature, which also raises your utility bill.
High utility bills
Utility bills can gradually increase over time for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with your windows, but if you’re seeing higher utility bills in conjunction with drafts and other symptoms, it’s a good sign that your windows are on their last leg.
Condensation between glass panes
Condensation between windows panes indicates that seals have failed. When this happens, moisture can creep between the glass layers. If your seals have failed, insulating gases have likely gone with the wind, reducing the energy efficiency of windows.
Believe it or not, hearing a lot of outside noise inside your home can also indicate that it’s time for new windows. The insulating gas that reduces air infiltration also reduces noise infiltration. So hearing more noise may mean that the original windows were sealed incorrectly or have lost their seal over time.
Decaying window frames
If your window frames are soft, soggy, chipped, or sagging, you may already be overdue for new windows. Soft frames mean rot and water have infiltrated the frame material, and it’s all downhill from there.