Every home eventually gets to the age where the current windows simply aren’t doing the job, anymore. That’s when people need to look into getting new windows installed, which can be a daunting task, buthow does someone recognize when it’s time to get new windows?
There are times when it’s pretty obvious that a new window is needed, such as if a pane of glass is broken or something happens to severely damage it, requiring the entire frame to be replaced. That’s the times when everyone knows what to do, but what about the less obvious clues?There are a few things to watch out for when it’s time to get new windows installed.
Condensation where it shouldn’t be. There are times when it’s cold or rainy enough outside that condensation will build up on the windows. That’s completely normal, but what isn’t normal is to see condensation in between the individual panes of glass. That means that window isn’t properly sealed anymore, as heat is passing through it to the outside.
This doesn’t seem like a big deal to many people, but there is a reason why it’s a strong indicator for window replacement: windows have to be sealed to act as insulators. Why? Because one of the best insulators against heat loss is a layer of dead air. If the window is no longer sealed, then the air is passing through it and that’s allowing heat to move from the inside to the outside.
Rotting frames and leak windows. This is definitely a major indicator of getting new windows. If every time it rains, water is leaking out onto the windowsill in the house, it’s time to look into getting new windows. If wooden or plastic frames are visibly cracked or rotten, then again, it’s time to seriously think about getting new windows installed!
Unexplained increases in energy bills. If the heating bill goes up during the winter and everything else has been looked at for a source of the increase, then it could be that the windows are no longer providing the insulation needed for the house to maintain efficient energy usage. A simple call to a window tinting company and a specialist will come in and determine if the windows are still in good, working order.
The neighbors know your business. If this isn’t the result of gossiping family members, then it might be because the soundproofing on the windows is gone, making them the betrayer of the family’s secrets! If this is an issue for people in the home, then it might be time to consider getting better soundproofed windows.
Is it a chore to open a window? If it takes real strength or a lot of fiddling with a window to get it open, then it’s probably a good idea to have the window, or windows, replaced as this is also an indicator that the old windows may have passed their expected lifetime.
In the end, there are a number of different indicators of the need for window replacement. Knowing them is knowing when to make a call to get new ones!