Windows are an important part of your home. They protect your home from the elements, let in natural light and play a big role in your home’s curb appeal. Even if you’ve been properly maintaining your windows, they will suffer wear and tear over time. Plus, new technology and advancements in window manufacturing has produced higher quality, more energy efficient windows. A window replacement could save you money on your energy bills and increase your property value.
How to tell when it’s time to replace your windows? Here are some signs it’s time for a window replacement:
Increase in utility bills: Your windows are responsible for a lot of the energy you lose in your home. If you’ve noticed that your heating, cooling or electric bills have increased, but it seems your usage has generally stayed the same, you could be losing a lot of energy out those old windows. You can also check by putting your hand on the window. If it is warm to the touch in the summer or cold to the touch in winter, your window is transferring too much energy.
They don’t function properly: Have you noticed it’s becoming more difficult to actually open your window? Or once the window is open, it wants to slide shut? If your window is getting stuck or not performing like it used to, it might be time for a window replacement.
Your windows get foggy or frosty: Condensation and frost build up could mean a seal is broken in your window. Sometimes older aluminum-framed windows can get quite frosty and even cause moisture damage to your home’s interior drywall.
Obvious damage to your windows: If you have wooden frames, check them for cracks, rot and warping. If your window frames are damaged, and/or the glass itself is broken or cracked, then it is definitely time for a window replacement.