Thinking about doing window replacement? Smart move! This renovation project has one of the highest returns on investments. Tons of homeowners are deciding to freshen up the windows since they learned how a window determines energy efficiency, comfort, and market value. But, when should one really replace the windows? To help you out, here are the basics things you should know about this home upgrade:
Each window is different and so is each home, thus “when to replace” may be a difficult question for answering. However, there are factors that influence every type of window and determine its efficiency. Some windows work best in colder climates, while some in hotter. Some frames last 25 years, while some only 15. Everything you should know about these factors will be presented below. But before you read, check the warranties to see your window’s age since it is of utmost importance!
A window frame can be made form lots of things. However, there are 4 most popular materials: wood, vinyl, aluminum and fiberglass. When it comes to age fiberglass deserves the first place since it can last to approximately 50 years. Vinyl has the second place with a lifespan of 40, while wood slightly less with 25 and aluminum with the last place, lasting maximum 18. These numbers vary because to achieve maximum lifespans, the windows should be in an ideal climate, properly installed and manufactured, and regularly maintained.
The better the company you hire for installation, the more your windows will last. Also, wood requires regular maintenance because of vulnerability to termites and rot. So if you haven’t been cleaning it lately, don’t expect it to reach 25. Another important thing is replacing the windows after surviving a severe storm. The window may have lasted the storm, but it put maximum effort to do so, resulting in extreme damage on the inside.
If you checked your window’s age and you learned that it is quite young, don’t put your mind at ease. This is because severe weather conditions, massive mold growth or problems with the drainage systems can cut those numbers in half. So having a malfunctioning window, even before its end date, isn’t that uncommon. Check these warning signs to see whether you need immediate window replacement or repair. Schedule a free consultation to check the true condition of your windows:
- Cracks & Rot
- High Electrical Bills
- Termites & Pesticides
- Window Leaks
- Poor Soundproofing
- Faded Furniture Around the Window
- Scratched Glass
- Frequent Interior Condensation
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