Our homes may not be able to talk, but they can communicate. Sometimes it’s a whisper, other times it’s a howl. In the case of windows, it can be either — or both — depending on the problem.
There are many factors that play into the longevity of your home’s windows, from humidity and temperature to material type and installation, and knowing how often to replace your windows can save you a lot of money in the long run. It doesn’t matter if your windows are five years old or 50 years old, if they are original equipment it may be time to assess whether they are as effective as they could be. Here are a few things to look for when considering a window replacement.
- Increased Energy Bills
One of the easiest ways to tell if your windows are performing the way they should is to do a visual inspection and a comfort test. If you see areas around the window stained by moisture, caulking that is broken down, fogging between the glass, or anything that looks out of place, you need a professional to come out and do a more thorough assessment. These issues can allow conditioned air to seep out and radiant heat energy to pass through both the glass and the window frame, resulting in increased energy costs and a less comfortable home. If your electric bills have been steadily creeping up, odds are your windows are contributing to the problem.
When your windows don’t perform like they can and should, your AC unit has to work much harder. This costs YOU a lot of money in two ways. First and most obvious are higher utility bills. The second is every bit as important. Your HVAC unit cycles more often, making it work harder and longer. This uses more energy and costs more, but it also decreases the lifespan of your HVAC unit, which means you will have to service, repair, and replace it sooner and more often.
- Windows are Difficult to Open/Close
Another telltale sign that it may be time to replace your windows is if you have a hard time opening or closing them. Over time, window tracks can be offset by warping and other factors, and as a result, can be difficult to operate smoothly. Take a minute to go around your house, opening and closing your windows. If you have to force or prop them open, or if they stick or don’t open at all, it’s probably time to replace them. This is particularly true for windows with wooden frames, which are the most susceptible to warping. Windows that are difficult or impossible to open can be dangerous. If there is a fire in your home and your windows are the only escape route, having a window that easily opens could mean the difference between life and death (especially when children are involved).
- There’s Condensation Inside Your Windows
Condensation inside your windows is one of the most noticeable indications that it’s time to replace them, as it’s a sure sign that your windows’ seals have failed. Not only does this condensation block your view, it also makes your windows an ideal environment for mold to develop, which can then spread to the frame and cause further damage. If you’ve noticed condensation inside your windows, we recommend a prompt window replacement to avoid future problems.
- Windows Have Visible Damage
While this one may seem like a no-brainer, many people will try to avoid replacing windows because of the cost. But in the long run, ignoring the signs can result in further damage that can make the replacement even more costly in the future. Remember, if your windows are allowing things inside your home that you can see, just imagine what they are letting in that you can’t see. Windows are installed in the walls of your home, so if they have issues, those issues could be creeping into your walls without you realizing until it gets very expensive and invasive to repair.
When inspecting windows, pay special attention to chipping, deterioration, cracks, and water stains. All of these are signs that your windows need to be replaced. This is especially important if you plan on selling your home anytime soon. Curb appeal sells houses and upgrading to a sustainable window option can be a major plus for potential buyers.
- Windows Are Single Pane
If you have single pane windows they should be replaced as soon as possible, period! Windows are one of the most prominent features of a home; they add style and provide natural light while protecting you and your family from the elements. For these reasons, it’s important to keep your windows in the best shape possible.
If you’ve noticed any of the above problems in your home, it may be time to consider a window replacement. Call us today at (940) 898-9988 to schedule your free consultation.