Windows are an important aspect of any home, not only do they provide a reprieve from the elements they also add to a home’s aesthetic appeal and provide security for the occupants and belongings inside the home. However, like most aspects of a home, your windows can begin to wear and breakdown providing reduced protection from the elements, detracting from your home’s beauty, and even potentially become a weakness in your home’s security. Regular maintenance and small repairs can help prolong the lifespan of your windows, but as time passes you may need to consider replacing your older windows.
Below we have highlighted 5 signs that it may be time to replace your windows:
1. There’s a draft, even with a closed window
When closed, your windows should form a tight seal preventing any air from passing through. If you can feel a slight draft coming from around your windows or hear a faint whistling sound coming from your windows when closed chances are your windows are not sealing properly anymore or that space has formed between your frame and wall. A drafty window can be a cause of tension because it will not only cause your HVAC system to work harder to maintain optimal internal room temperature, it can also lead to potential water damage. If air can find its way through, small drops of water will be able to as well.
2. Increased energy costs
If you see an unexpected spike in your energy bills, do not just ignore it. When your windows are not working optimally, they allow for air to transfer between from inside your home out, and from outside in. This forces your furnace to work overtime to keep your home warm in the winter and your air conditioning system is do the same to cool your home in the summer. Inevitably this will result in a noticeable jump in your energy bills.
3. Poor operation
If you find that your windows are not opening and closing smoothly as they once did, or perhaps at all. It should be taken as a sign to look into replacement windows. Over time your window frames may bend or bow making it harder for your windows to open or close properly.
4. Increased presence of external noise
Windows are not expected to be totally soundproof, but when installed properly they will help reduce a great amount of outside noise. If you begin to notice that there is a significant amount of external noise now noticeable in your home, it could mean that your windows are no longer sealing properly and therefore no longer keeping the outside noise at bay.
5. Decaying frames
If you have wooden windows and notice that the frames are beginning to break apart and are withering away, unfortunately, a fresh coat of paint will not rectify the issue. Replacement windows will not only help increase your home’s security but will also help boost your home’s curb appeal.