Your windows are the primary avenue for natural light and fresh air
to enter your home. They are thus a huge part of your interior design.
However, they also play an important role in protecting the interior
of your home from the outside weather and moisture. Because of their
exposure to the elements, windows can break down as they age.
When this happens, it can cause a number of problems for your home, including drafts and moisture damage. Knowing the signs that you are overdue for window glass replacement can help you figure out when you should talk to a contractor.
5 Reasons to Consider Window Glass Replacement
There are several different reasons to consider replacing your
windows. While older windows are more likely to need replacement, the
reasons below can affect windows of any age.
Cracks and Chips
The most obvious sign that you need to talk to a contractor about
replacing your windows as if the glass has cracked. Cracks, chips, and
breaks can happen with age and weather exposure. However, their presence
means that your windows are no longer as strong as they should be.
Even a small chip or crack can spread, and it becomes much more
likely that your window will shatter in the future. Replacing your glass
becomes a safety issue if this is the case.
One of the clearest signs that your window glass needs replacement is
if you can spot water on the inside of the pane. Double and triple pane
windows have a vacuum between the panes. This helps prevent heat from
entering or leaving your home.
However, with time, the seal that creates this vacuum can break. This
lets air and moisture get inside the panes, where it can form
condensation. This means if you can see condensation, your windows are
no longer sealing out the weather and may begin to suffer from water
damage and rot as well.
You may also need window replacement if your windows do not open or
close properly. This happens over time as wear and tear affects the
shape of your window frame, or even if your home’s foundation shifts.
Replacing your windows can ensure that your glass sits properly in
the frame and that all the moving parts move without resistance.
High Energy Bills
In a related note to spotting condensation within your windows, you
should consider replacing your windows if you notice that your energy
bills have increased recently. An increase in heating and cooling costs
can point to windows that are no longer sealing out the weather.
Older windows are more likely to let in outside temperatures. Consider choosing energy efficient windows, which can save you hundreds of dollars each year, according to Energy Star.
Unlike the above points, you may want to consider replacing your windows even if they are still working properly if you are thinking about selling your home. Adding new windows to your home can boost your listing price by about $8,500 on average. The added value comes from the reduced maintenance associated with new windows, lower utility bills, and higher interior comfort levels.
Whether that is worth it for your property depends on the initial
value of your home and how much replacement would cost. However, it is
something to at least look into if you are selling or renting your home
at any point soon.
What Factors Affect the Cost of Window Replacement?
Window replacement can vary greatly in cost depending on several
factors. Each window replacement will carry a different price tag
depending on your home and the contractor that you choose. It’s a good
idea to ask around and compare quotes to find the best deal.
Number of Panes
Single panes of glass tend to be the least expensive, but also
provide the poorest insulation to your home. Double and triple pane
windows will muffle exterior noise and keep internal temperatures even.
Double and triple pane windows can thus help reduce your monthly utility bills by preventing heat from leaking into or out of your home. This can be well worth the added expense, depending on the climate you live in.
The cost of a window glass replacement will also depend on the
condition of the frame. Rotting wood or other damage means that you will
have to replace the frame as well as the glass. Otherwise, a new insert
can be installed within the existing frame.
Naturally, a full frame replacement drives the cost of the up. You
may want to consider choosing a more durable frame option, like vinyl,
if this is the case.
Vinyl frames are immune to moisture damage, rotting, mold growth, and other problems that can affect wood. Replacing old and damaged frames with vinyl will prevent frame damage in the future, and save you money in the long run.
The size of the pane of glass that you are replacing will also
determine the cost. Large unbroken panes can cost quite a bit of money
since they are much more labor intensive to create and transport.
If you have a large older window that you need to replace, consider
replacing it with multiple smaller panes split across several frames.
This maintains the same view but means you may be able to save some
Schedule a Window Inspection
If you’re unsure if you need window glass replacement, feel free to reach out and schedule a window inspection. Our team of professionals will be able to let you know how your home’s windows are holding up, and what the best course of action is for your property.