In Canada’s climate, you can lose up to 35% of energy through doors, windows and skylights. For you, this means higher electricity bills.
Your doors and windows provide security and help to regulate
temperatures. If they develop structural issues, these functions suffer,
and this will cost you-literally.
This guide will help you know when to replace windows and doors and why it is important to do so in good time.
When Should You Replace Your Windows?
There are some telltale signs that your windows need attention. If
you observe any of the following things, take action without delay.
Condensation is never a good sign. If you see a white film between
the panes of glass or on the inside of your windows, it is time for new
windows. This film is caused by calcium that remains on the window once
Condensation means the seal is not adequately keeping moisture and air out. Aside from not sufficiently keeping air and water out, broken seals force your furnace or air conditioner to work extra hard in order to compensate.
2. Cold Single Pane Windows
If your windows feel cold or are frosty on the outside, then they are not adequately blocking out cold and heat.
Upgrading to double pane windows will lower your energy costs and reduce hot and cold energy spots inside your home.
3. Cracked Panes
Living with cracked panes is expensive.
For one, they allow hot and cool air through which increases your energy costs.
cracks can allow water inside the house. This can damage furniture
that’s next to the window or allow mould and mildew to thrive.
4. They Get Stuck
Your windows should be easy to open and close. However, the glides
and rollers that allow windows to open smoothly wear out over time.
Your windows are one way to escape in case there is a fire or other
imminent danger. If they keep getting stuck, their safety function
Further, if they are double-hung and something is broken, they might
have the tendency to slam shut. This is especially dangerous in a house
with young kids as they can get severely injured.
5. Don’t Lock Securely
Your windows should be able to get shut all the way. If they don’t, they can allow in moisture which can be damaging.
This will also make it harder for your HVAC system to function
efficiently. Lastly, they are a security hazard as broken hinges are
much easier for a burglar to pry open and access your home.
6. Leaking Water and Drafts
While drafts are easy to feel, you might miss leaking water because it seeps behind solid walls.
This ultimately leads to mold and mildew, which is not just unsightly, but harmful to your health and the structural integrity of your home.
Water can cause wooden windows to warp as well. While sealing and
weather stripping can help, these are only temporary fixes. Replacing
your windows is a more cost effective, long term solution.
7. High Energy Bills
If you are yet to spot any damage on your windows, your electrical bill can be telling.
Damaged windows work against your HVAC system, causing it to work
even harder to heat or cool your home. As a result, it consumes more
energy, leaving you with significantly high energy bills to pay.
8. Sunlight Is Getting In
If you notice the furniture or carpet near your window is faded, this
might be indicative of a problem with your window. The same is true if
the sun’s rays are finding their way into the house.
To protect your items, replace your windows with today’s modern
windows. Some windows in the market can bock the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
When to Replace Doors
Aside from windows, doors are the other variables in ensuring you are safe and comfortable at home.
However, their ability to perform their job is dependent on their
condition. Here are some tips to help you know if you need a new front
1. It’s Hard to Open
Your door should open smoothly.
If it gets particularly sticky in winter, that’s a sign that your
losing heat. This creates temporary cold spots or forces your HVAC
system to overwork.
2. Moisture on Its Glass Panes
Sometimes, the problem is not the door itself, but components of the door. Many doors with glass have double paned windows.
With age, the seals holding the glass get weakened. When this happens, you might notice moisture between the glass panes.
The first signs of moisture should be the signal to start shopping for a new door.
3. It Looks Dated
If your door is starting to look dated and its spare bits and pieces are no longer in the market, it’s time for a new door.
Your front door can make your home look crisp and fresh or tawdry and unkempt.
A new, efficient door is also one way of increasing your home’s value.
When to Replace Windows and Doors: Preparing for Installation
If you opt for a replacement, there are a few things you can do beforehand to ensure the installers do their job much faster.
The first one is to remove any furniture that’s close to the door or
windows that might get damaged. It is also important to roll up your
carpet or place protective material over it as well.
It is also important to find out how much involvement you want to
have as a family and if you will be around during the installation. Once
you have this figured out, notify the installers, so they know what to
Find out from your contractor how much the installation is going to
cost and how long it will take. This will help you determine if your
family can hold out for the duration of the repair or make plans for a
Also, make the necessary preparations to receive the installation
team. This means getting them gate passes in advance if required. If you
need to have your alarms turned off, this is something you should also
plan for beforehand.
Take the Leap
When you know when to replace windows and take action, you will lower
your energy bills, be safer, and your house will look much better.
And not only that, but you will also be doing your part in environmental conservation.
Stouffville Glass has 40 years in the distribution and installation of doors and windows. Are you ready to make a change? Contact us today and get the full Stouffville experience.