Windows are some of the most overlooked features in a home, which is odd because they are also some of the most important. Windows have the ability to increase your curb appeal, property value, and the overall energy-efficiency of your home. With these benefits and more, it is a wonder why the maintenance of windows and doors are not prioritised. However, when your windows are not at their best they can reduce your home’s appeal and value, allow for costly drafts, and can also be the cause of serious damage to your property. This is why it is important to replace your older windows before it can get to this stage.
How do you know when it’s time for a window replacement? To help answer this question, we have reached out to several windows and doors companies and asked them to share with use a list of their top signs, which we have compiled for you below:
Drastic Weather Changes
During the changing weather conditions, there is a lot of stress on your windows. They have to resist the intensity of the different weather conditions and temperatures. When exposed to such drastic weather changes for extended periods, your windows can start to degrade. Inspecting your windows during the different seasons is a good way to judge if they are still protecting your home from cord, hot, wet, and windy conditions.
Years of Use
Windows have a long lifespan but, you need to be aware of the signs that indicate their lifespan is coming to an end. When windows are used beyond their ability to maintain peak performance, they start losing insulating features, which affects their energy efficiency and may even begin to let moisture and perhaps pests into your home, leading to potential damage. If your windows were installed, several decades ago, then it is time to look into replacement window options.
It is fairly normal for the frames of your windows to experience wear and tear over time. But, when this wear and tear begins to affect the effectiveness or the operation of your window, it is time to take notice. Your frames hold you window sashes in place and act as a guide rail for your windows to slide along or to close and seal against. When your frames begin to warp or crack it may be difficult to open or close your window as well as ensure a proper seal when closed.
Condensation Between Your Window Panes
Even though having some condensation build up on the inside or the outside of your windows is considered normal, having condensation in between your window panes is not. Your window panes should be sealed tight to one another, no matter if you have a double glazed or triple glazed window. If condensation builds up in between your panes, it means the seal has been broken and their energy efficiency has been severely compromised.
Completing regular inspection of your windows is the first step to identifying if your windows are in good working condition or if you need to start looking at replacement options. Keeping an eye out for the signs outlined above, you can better evaluate the condition of your windows.