How Do You Know When To Replace Windows?

Windows are arguably the most overlooked part of a house and the roof. How often do you inspect your windows? Other than opening the windows once or twice every day, is there any other interaction with your window? 

Even with limited use, windows don't last forever and lose efficiency over time. This is how you tell when to get replacement windows. Other signs include the following:

Visible Damage

Can you see cracks, scuffs, or stains on your windows? If yes, how extensive is the damage, and can it be repaired? Typically, scuffs and cracks can be repaired, but window replacement is necessary if the frame is cracked or rotting. 

If your windows are made of wooden frames, check whether they are exhibiting signs of rotting. Wooden frames are susceptible to rotting when exposed to moisture. 

Trouble Opening or Closing 

Are you having trouble opening or closing the windows? Does the window stick when you close, making it harder to pry it open? If yes, window replacement is due. 

Audible Noise 

Over time, most neighborhoods get busier due to new occupants and businesses cropping up in every corner. This means more residents, kids, and traffic in the neighborhood. The result is increased noise pollution, which you probably didn't account for when building or buying your home. 

This means that most of your windows aren't soundproof. If you can hear every dog and car passing by your home, consider getting replacement windows. 

Higher Utility Bills

Are your windows energy efficient? If not, you are likely paying higher energy bills than necessary. Replacing your single pane windows with double-glazed windows can help reduce your utility bills. 

It is also why your home is often uncomfortable during winters and summers. Similarly, if your windows are letting in cold air or drafts, consider replacing them. 

Leaky Windows 

Are your windows leaking water into your home? Many homeowners will brush off leaky windows as a minor inconvenience that doesn't warrant window replacement. Some will have repair works done, and others will ignore it. Whichever option you choose, be sure to consult a professional. Leaky windows might not sound bad but can lead to mold growth. 

Should You Repair or Replace Windows? 

Window repairs can fix minor issues such as damaged locks, but they won't fix rotting frames. The repairs will only serve as cosmetic fixes that fail with time. If your windows have moisture buildup, rot, leaks, replace them to ensure they don't fail again. 

To learn more, reach out to a residential window replacement service in your area.