Signs That it’s Time to Replace Your Windows
While there are so many benefits to updating the windows in your home, it’s not the most affordable home improvement project you could take on, and most homeowners would prefer not to replace their windows before they strictly have to. But, how do you know when the time comes to replace your windows? By learning to recognize the signs. Here are the top 10 signs that indicate the need for new windows:
Sign #1. It’s not easy to open and close your windows.
Your windows should be easy to operate, which means that opening and closing them shouldn’t require Hulk-like strength. However, over time and after years of wear and tear, the opening and closing mechanisms on windows can start to deteriorate, making it difficult or even impossible to continue operating them. Not only is the ability to open and close your windows important for your comfort, but it’s also important for safety, and if you can’t or it’s difficult, it’s time to consider replacing them.
Sign #2. Your energy bills are consistently high.
Windows that are old and outdated are often not as airtight as you’d like them to be, and when the conditioned air in your home is consistently leaking out through tiny openings in your windows, it leads to higher energy bills. Of course, poor windows aren’t the only reason why a home may not be as energy efficient as it could be, so you may want to do a little research before attempting to fix the problem with new windows. However, you’ll be surprised at what a difference new windows can make in terms of efficiency.
Sign #3. Your windows don’t lock.
Because your windows allow access into your home, it’s imperative to your safety and security that they lock properly. The last thing you want is to come home to find that your house has been broken into through an old window, and you can easily remedy the matter by replacing your windows. But, keep in mind that the ability to lock is more than just a safety issue; it’s also an energy-efficiency issue. The locking mechanism helps to seal outside air out of your home, and if it’s not working, it could be causing your energy bills to be higher than you might like them to be.
Sign #4. You still have single-pane windows.
If your home is older — built before 1970 — and you’ve never replaced your windows, there’s a strong possibility that your home still has single-pane windows. The windows made today are almost always double- or triple-pane windows. Not only are today’s double- and triple-pane windows more secure than their single-pane counterparts, they are also less drafty. Replacing single-pane windows with double- or triple-pane windows is a great way to make your home feel more comfortable, and to cut down on your monthly utility bills.
Sign #5. Your windows require a lot of extra maintenance.
Do you have wooden windows on your home? If so, you should know that, while these windows look great, they can be a pain to maintain. That’s because you have to worry about the wood rotting and the paint cracking or peeling. Keeping your wood windows looking great will often involve sanding, scraping and painting, which no homeowner ever wants to have to deal with. Luckily, with new vinyl windows, you’ll find an option that’s easier to maintain, and one that looks great even when you neglect to maintain your windows.
Sign #6. Your art, upholstery and/or carpet has started to fade.
If your home still has single-pane windows, then you may have noticed that your carpet, upholstery or even artwork has started to fade in areas where it’s touched by the sun. The fact of the matter is that single-pane windows are the absolute worst option in terms of UV resistance, and this can cause colors to fade in your artwork, upholstery and flooring. When you upgrade to newer windows, you’ll be able to take advantage of UV-resistant options, like tinted or laminated glass.
Sign #7. It’s very difficult to clean your windows.
No one likes to clean their windows, but it’s important for curb appeal, as well as for the longevity of your windows. As we mentioned previously, if you let your windows get dirty, and you leave them that way for a long period of time, it can actually permanently damage your windows, leading to the need for window replacement. And unfortunately, older windows aren’t always easy to clean. New windows, on the other hand, come equipped with a variety of features that make them much easier to keep clean. Regular window cleaning allows more natural light into your home, makes your home feel and look nicer and keeps your windows in great shape for longer.
Sign #8. You can feel a draft coming from your windows.
Can you tell that it’s windy outside without ever having to actually look at your windows? If so, there’s a good chance that the time has come to replace your windows. Drafty windows can make your house feel incredibly uncomfortable. Plus, they’re a bane on your energy bills. Some people attempt to correct the problem by attaching plastic wrap to their windows with a blow dryer in the colder, winter months, but this is a huge waste of time, and it won’t do much of anything to solve the problem. Instead, get your windows replaced and enjoy a much more comfortable environment in your home.
Sign #9. Your windows don’t stay open or closed on their own.
Do you have to prop your window open with a stick? Have you ever had to use a nail to get your window to stay closed? The most basic functionality of any window is to open and close, and if your windows can’t do that, it’s time to get them replaced. The ability to operate your windows is not only important from a functionality standpoint — as it’s important to be able to enjoy the outside air when you want to — it’s also absolutely imperative from a safety standpoint. Windows that don’t close without assistance make your home vulnerable to break-ins, and windows that don’t open can’t be used as a fire escape in case of emergencies.
Sign #10. Your windows are cold to the touch or fog up.
When the temperature drops outside, have you noticed that condensation or fog forms on your windows? Or do your windows feel cold when you touch them? This is a sign that the interior of your window is warmer than the exterior of your window, and that means that your windows aren’t providing the kind of protective barrier that you need them to. Save energy and enjoy a warmer, more comfortable home by replacing your windows with new ones.