Like most homeowners, you may have a (growing) list of home improvement projects. The problem is prioritizing your projects and determining which you should tackle first. Take window replacement, for example. Do you know how to spot when it is time to have your windows replaced? In this article, we hope to teach you what to look for and to help you recognize whether or not the time has come for new windows.
6 Key Indicators It’s Time For Window Replacement
There are a few things to look out for when evaluating your current windows. Here are some key indicators that it’s time you replace them.
1. You have high energy bills
If you’re cranking the AC in the summer and the heat in the winter, don’t be quick to blame your HVAC system! The culprit could be your drafty windows making your HVAC system work harder than it should. Drafty windows can even contribute up to 25% of your energy bill.
2. Condensation is present
If you have condensation or frost in between the two panes of your double-paned glass windows, this means that your seals are failing and compromises the window’s insulation. When this happens, it’s time to replace your windows.
3. Your windows look outdated
If your home is looking a bit outdated, replacing your windows could make a huge difference. In addition to boosting your curb appeal by making your home more aesthetically pleasing, you will be boosting the overall value of your home as well.
4. Operation difficulty
Opening and shutting your windows should be a smooth operation, not be a struggle. And once you get your windows open or shut, they should stay put. And, if your windows aren’t closing completely, you’re letting air in and out, affecting your comfort and energy bills.
5. Rotting or Mold
This is a big one. If your windows are showing signs of rotting or mold, they are weak and most likely beyond repair, and it is definitely time for replacements.
6. Fading interior furnishings
Another thing to watch out for is if you notice your rugs, photos, paintings, or other interior furnishings start to fade. If your windows aren’t Low-E coated, they are allowing UV rays to enter the home and exposing your belongings to sun damage.
We hope these indications have given you a better insight to the “health” of your windows, and when it’s time to replace them. And remember, because of differences in weather exposure and sunlight, it is perfectly normal for one side of your home to have windows that deteriorate faster than ones on the opposite side of your home. So, while some of your windows don’t need a renewal, others may be in desperate need. It is perfectly fine to wait to replace some of your windows if they aren’t in need. If you do so, however, we recommend doing one whole side of your house at a time to avoid having mismatched windows on the same side.
Have questions about the health of your existing windows, or window replacement? Give us a call!