Once you realize that opening and closing your windows have become part of your workout routine, it’s time to look into replacing your home’s windows.
Well-maintained, high-quality windows may last a few decades, but there are several reasons it’s a good idea to replace your windows after several years.
Here are seven signs it’s time to for new windows.
1. Your Energy Bills Are Shockingly High
Have you noticed your energy bills have been through the roof recently?
Older windows are not heating and ventilation efficient. Cold air can infiltrate and heated air can pour out through old seals, which means you’re wasting air and, therefore, your money. In fact, drafty windows can increase your energy bills by 10–25 percent.
However, replacing your old single-pane windows — which don’t help block incoming light and temperature well and are especially prone to leaking — with new energy-efficient double- or triple-pane windows can significantly lower your energy bills.
For example, energy-efficient windows can help reduce your cooling costs in the warmer months if have south-facing windows but limited trees to block the sun. On the other hand, when the sun is setting at the end of the day, rooms with energy-efficient west-facing windows will be more comfortable.
If your windows are not as energy-efficient as possible to save you money on your bills, it’s time for window replacement.
2. Overt Visible Damage
Cracks, dents, peeling, warping, chipping, deterioration, water stains, and condensation are all visible signs of window damage. Not only can these be aesthetically displeasing, but they may also indicate signs of greater damage, such as worn out components and hardware, structural problems, and moisture damage.
As windows are made of glass, they’re susceptible to damage due to their daily interaction with sunlight and weather conditions like high winds and humidity.
If your windows are visibly damaged to the point that you can’t even see properly through them anymore, it’s probably time to replace them.
Pay attention to whether your windows are lockable too. Locked windows seal out air and keep outside air from coming in, which, in turn, saves you money in heating and cooling costs. Not only is it an area of energy loss, it’s also a safety concern. So if your windows don’t lock, it’s time for them to be replaced.
3. They’re Stuck Open or Closed
If your windows are stuck one way or the other, it’s time for window replacement.
Over time, the gears and hardware of your windows will start to wear, which can make opening and closing them difficult. Warped wooden windows can tighten the components and make it a much harder task than it should be.
If your windows are painted or nailed shut, the foundation has shifted in your house, or the frame has deteriorated, your windows may be impossible to open. This is a definitely a safety concern; in the case of an emergency and you needed to escape out the window.
On the other hand, a window that’s seemingly stuck open may suddenly slam shut and also become a safety concern.
If your windows are having trouble opening and closing, it might mean that the window is out of balance, which is a sign it’s time to replace them.
4. You Hear Too Much Noise
Old wooden windows do not block out noises the way vinyl windows do.
Thanks to an improved design, new windows can help reduce the unwanted outside sounds when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep, whether from traffic, neighbors, animals, or nature. Soundproofing capabilities and double-pane windows add extra buffers between the inside and outside of your home.
If you’re currently losing a battle against noise pollution, it’s likely time to replace your windows.
5. Drafty Air Leaks and Water Condensation
Even good windows allow a tiny amount of air infiltration, but you shouldn’t be able to notice it. However, with gaps in small areas, air leaks in, out, and around the window, which causes you to feel a cool draft coming through a “closed” window. That means the seals are no longer functioning properly.
After several years of daily wear and tear, air and moisture enter can enter the seal of double-paned glass windows, which causes fog and condensation to appear on or in between the glass panes, meaning the outside of your window is colder than the inside of the window.
Condensation not only clouds your view of the outdoors, but debris may build up inside, which can be cumbersome to clean up too. Plus, this means your window is no longer protecting the inside of your house from outside elements. Many new window designs have features that make them easier and less time consuming to clean.
Drafty air leaks and water condensation indicate your windows are underperforming, and they’re warning signs that it’s time for new windows.
6. Carpet, Furniture, and Window Treatments Are Fading
Single pane glass windows are not good at keeping out the UV rays that come through your windows. And older windows do not include UV ray blockers. When UV rays enter through your windows, your risk the colors of everything in your home fading.
Windows designed to block UV rays can reduce the chance of your carpet, floors, furniture, window treatments, pictures, and more from fading in rooms that get a lot of light.
Simply put, if you notice your bright green couch has started to turn sour, it’s time for new windows.
7. Your Windows Are Outdated
Windows are a prominent feature of a house, so when they look old, the rest of your home does too. The need for an updated style and design is a perfectly good reason to purchase replacement windows.
When you’re ready to renovate, it’s a great idea to also update your windows to ensure there’s adequate lighting and to improve airflow throughout your home. Additionally, old windows can be aesthetically displeasing, as they may not match or blend well with the rest of the house. You might want to explore different types of windows too.
Vinyl windows are an energy-efficient and economical alternative to wood and aluminum windows.
With a wide variety of styles, whether for maintenance, repair, saving money, reducing energy consumption, blocking outside noises, or increasing curb appeal, window replacement might be just what your home needs next.