Even though it may not seem like it, the windows on your home are a lot more than accessories to make it look pretty and a way to see outside. They provide you with physical comfort and quiet and protection, and even help you to save money. Faulty windows can cause a host of problems, but many homeowners aren’t sure when they should replace them and when they should just let them be.
Here are some common signs to help you figure it out:
Ease of Use
Quite often, your windows will stop functioning easily when it is time to have them replaced. They may not open and close all the way, or they do but they’ll stick at some point along the way. If this is happening to you, get an expert in there to have a look.
You Feel the Breeze
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t feel a breeze through a closed window. When you’re sitting there watching television or reading and you can feel the wind from the outside but the window is closed, it may be time for a replacement. Not only is it uncomfortable in the winter, but your energy bill will take a big hit.
Visible Signs of Decay
Visible deterioration of your windows is more evident with wooden windows than modern vinyl windows, but it’s still a big sign that yours need replacing. With wooden windows, the frames that surround the glass will decay and rot over time, increasing the likelihood of mold.
Condensation and Frost
Condensation and frost build-up on the inside of the glass are two other signs that your windows are ready for replacement. Write down what the weather conditions were like when you noticed the frost or condensation and be sure to share when with the technician.
Sometimes, your windows are working just fine and there isn’t any damage to speak of, you just want a new style. This is common when renovations are being done, so the windows don’t lag behind in the style department. If you have a new roof, siding and doors, old windows will stand out and drag down the aesthetic value of your house.
A full window replacement isn’t always necessary, but the only way to know if it’s a repair or replacement that you need is to call in an expert to have a look. Give us a call anytime and we’ll let you know what you need.