While you and your house may not be on speaking terms, there are many ways that it can indicate that something is wrong. One of the areas that can most easily reveal problems are your windows. While it is true that a well-made, high-quality window can last for two or three decades, they are designed to last forever.
Location can play a big part in this, since windows in stormy, rainy areas might get more wear and tear than those in a dryer climate. If your windows are getting a bit old, you might want to take a close look at them to decide if they need to be replaced. And there are other reasons why you might want to replace them as well. Below are three things to consider:
1- Are Your Windows Damaged or Broken?
It is true that you can sometimes repair a damaged window rather than replacing it. Certainly, if it’s a minor problem like hardware replacement for installing new weatherstripping, replacement may not be necessary. But if you have a broken, warped or damaged frame or window sash, the best option is usually replacement.
Even if you find your window would still be operable after a repair, later problems he could easily develop might suggest replacement is a better choice. And speaking of operation, are your windows drafty, fogging up or difficult to close or open? If you are seeing these problems, it might be time for new windows.
2- Your Energy Costs Are Too High
When it comes to energy savings, Windows can be a double-edged sword. Certainly, they allow heat inside your home in the winter by letting the sunlight in. But if your windows are drafty, they can bump up your home’s energy bills by 10-25%. If you decide replace your windows with more energy-efficient units, you can slash your cooling and heating bills. In addition, if you decide to sell your home later the energy efficient windows boost the value of your home.
Of course, all windows aren’t necessarily the same. You’ll want to think about the specific needs of your home. Where you live plays a major role in your choice of window. If you live somewhere where winter weather hits hard every year, you’ll definitely want to think about insulated windows. Look for a type that has an Energy Star efficiency designation.
3- You’re Doing a Home Makeover
If you decided it’s time to renovate your home, this is the ideal point for replacing your windows as well. The simple reason for this is that you don’t want to make your home look perfect and new in every other way but still have old, worn looking windows. Look at your windows to see if they are warping, damaged or the color is fading. If they are, then they can damage your home’s curb appeal. This can make it more difficult to sell at a later time. And if you’re changing the style of your home, you definitely want your windows to conform to your new style and not the old one.
For instance, if you currently have windows with a fixed sash, you might want to change to windows that open. This will let you make your home feel more comfortable and enhance the airflow in the rooms. In addition to this, a major home renovation might justify installing much larger windows to provide more inside light, making your home healthier and more aesthetically pleasing. More daylight in a home means that you will be more comfortable and use less energy for lighting. Natural lighting also helps you maintain your circadian rhythm so you can sleep better at night.
Knowing when it’s time to do something about your home’s windows can save you money on your energy bills and make your home more comfortable for you and your family. It can also significantly increase your home’s value should you choose to sell it at any time in the future. The above should help you determine just when is the right time to do this.