If only your home could talk to you, knowing when to replace your windows would be no problem. However, your house can’t. Most homeowners realize they need to do something about it when their windows show signs of deterioration, more often, beyond repair.
Although no windows can really last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. If your windows are more than a few decades old, it may be a good starting point to inspect them and check if they need replacing.
Here are the signs to be on the lookout for.
Damaged, warped, and broken windows scream that they need replacement ASAP. While it is always possible to repair a window instead of replacing it, some cases will require homeowners to have them replaced instead. Repairs can only do so much. If your window’s problem is minor, such as needing new weatherstripping or hardware, a repair might be the best option.
A damaged, warped, or broken window sash or frame is almost beyond repair. Do your windows fog up? Are they drafty? Do they stick when you try to open or close them? Do they refuse to stay open? Knowing the state of your windows by observing them will let you know if their time is up and you should contact your contractor for some replacement.
Windows do more than you may realize for your home. Aside from allowing light and ventilation to enter your house, windows can control your monthly energy bills too! If you have noticed your bills have been on a consistent high—despite not adding on consumption, it is probably a good idea to check on your windows’ condition.
Keep in mind that drafty windows can cause your energy bills to be about 10% to 25% higher, according to Energy.gov. The best way to address this issue is by replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones that can reduce your heating and cooling bills.
If you’re considering listing your home for sale, installing new windows—especially energy efficient ones, can be a big selling point. Windows are one of the most prominent features of a home, and if they look worn, your house will too. This is one of the first features potential buyers will see when visiting open houses. Ensure your home makes a good first impression, see to it that the windows are in the best condition and appealing.
While you’re upgrading your home’s appearance, you might also wish to change the type of window from a fixed sash to a window that opens. This is to improve not only your home’s aesthetics, but also to improve its functionality. By doing so, you allow more air and natural light to enter the house. According to the Lighting Research Center, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort, plus help regulate your circadian rhythms for better general wellness.
Windows that were exposed to these natural disasters may tend to be more prone to damage and early deterioration. In fact, did you know that just living near the coast can do a number on your home’s exterior, including your windows? One of your options is to replace regular windows with ones that resist these natural phenomena.
Choosing the wrong window design can dramatically change the overall look of a historic home and can even interfere with its integrity. If your goal is to install historically accurate replacement windows, you can always go to a company or a home contractor that handles custom requests and install them properly.