Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Windows

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Window replacement is an important home improvement investment. The right residential windows provide ventilation, insulation, sound abatement and help save money on your energy bills. Additionally, they are a house’s most communicative elements, and when they’re no longer working effectively, they’re telling you that it’s time to replace them. Here are some common signs that it’s time to consider new windows:

1. Cracked Or Broken Frames And Panes

A cracked or broken window frame is an obvious sign that it is time to replace your windows. After all, that tiny crack could be allowing water into your house or skyrocketing your energy bills. It isn’t uncommon for a window frame to crack over the years. This is a natural occurrence that happens as wooden window frames expand and shrink in response to changing weather conditions. When the frame is completely cracked, a window replacement will likely be more cost-efficient than fixing it. The same goes for replacing the glass panes on a broken window.

2. Decaying Window Frames

One of the biggest warning signs that your windows are old and need replacing by a glass company is if they have decaying window frames. These wood frames are especially vulnerable to rot and moisture damage, and will need to be replaced if left untreated. You can tell if your window frames are rotting by touching them and feeling the wood. If you feel softwood or swelling paint, you need to replace your window frames as soon as possible.

3. Leaky Windows

If your window is leaking, you’ll need to get this problem fixed immediately. This is because a leaking window can lead to increased energy costs and damage to your home’s structure. Typically, this is because the glass seal has failed and rainwater is entering your house. This is a good sign that you’re going to need new windows soon. Another common symptom of a window leak is cloudiness between the panes of glass. This indicates that the insulating gas is no longer in the window, which can result in higher energy bills.

4. Unattractive Windows

The right windows can increase ventilation, insulate your home and enhance sound abatement. They also add beauty and value to your home. While replacing your windows in a home or multi-family unit can be expensive, it is an investment that pays for itself in the long run. In addition, a well-functioning window can help to reduce your utility bill and keep your family comfortable. If your window frame is outdated, unattractive or just plain ugly, you may want to consider hiding or camouflaging it with a few simple and cost-effective options. For instance, if you have a traditional wood window, a fresh coat of paint can make it look modern and sleek. Or you could consider a mirror to deflect attention from a less appealing view.

5. Poor Insulation

The first sign that you may need to replace your windows is if they have poor insulation. This is the number one cause of high energy bills, so it’s important to take care of it soon. Window leaks are a clear sign of bad insulation. They’re allowing cold air to escape from the inside, which means your furnace or AC has to work harder than it needs to to maintain your comfort levels. If your windows have argon or krypton gas injected in between the panes for better insulation, it’s also a good idea to check their seal to make sure it remains intact. If it is compromised, moisture will build up between the glass which can cause rot or other issues down the road!

Need your windows replaced? Be sure to contact us here at The Glass Shop to learn more about what we can do for you!