Time to Replace Your Windows?
Luckily, replacing windows is not an annual necessity or even something that needs to be done every 5-10 years. Windows can last anywhere from 25 years and up, which is good news as replacements are expensive. However, replacing your home’s windows when it’s time can help extend the life of your home and help keep your family comfortable all year round.
Here are five signs it’s time to replace your windows.
1. Your Home Feels Drafty
A sure sign of age for windows is when they begin to shrink, break or not close properly. This allows warm air to travel out of your home during the winter months and can destroy the energy efficiency of your home. If it seems like your electric bill is out of control, try placing your hand in front of one of your windows to determine the amount of air escaping.
2. The Window is Difficult to Open and/or Close
Fighting with your window is not a part of your job as a homeowner. If it seems like the tracks on your window just won’t allow the window sash to slide anymore, then it may be time for a replacement. If you’re looking for a quick fix to get you through one more season, try rubbing the tracks of the window and frame with dishwashing soap. This will help them glide easier and will give you a little extra time to save up for replacements.
3. The Window Won’t Stay Open
If it seems like there is no way to keep your window open, short of putting a piece of wood to prop it open, then it may be time for a replacement. This can be dangerous and a safety hazard, especially if you have children. It’s best to replace that window before fingers get smashed.
4. You Can’t Lock Your Window
When your windows don’t properly lock, the security of your home is threatened. It makes it easier for intruders to enter, which puts your family and possessions at risk. Not only could this occur, but the escaping air can increase your electricity bill during the summer and winter, as well. If repairing the lock is an option, it’s often best to do that first. If this does not work and the window simply won’t stay locked, then it’s time for replacements.
5. Condensation Forms on the Inside of Your Window
Condensation is a reslut of too much humidity in the home. Even new windows can experience condensation if the humidity is not controled. Worse yet is the condensation you do not see, in your walls ansd in your ceiling or on the underside of your roof. Excessive condensation can cause other issues like mold do you do not want to ignore it! New replacement windows will improve the situation in most cases. But, depending on your house ventilation and cause of the excessive moisture it may not resolve the issue completely.
When replacing your windows, choose your contractor carefully and avoid going the DIY replacement route, as you may void warranties on your new windows. Although some of these problems have quick-fix solutions to get you through another season, it’s best to plan ahead and make replacements as soon as possible to avoid problems down the line. Keep your family safe and your heating bill low by replacing your windows when it’s really necessary.