Windows are an important part of your home. They bring light and the beauty of the outdoors into your home, keeping at bay the bugs, rain, and uncomfortable temperatures. To help in evaluating the status of your windows, the folks here at Wholesale Home Improvements have prepared this list for you. These are 7 signs that maybe it’s time to replace your home windows.
We suggest carefully inspecting your windows with these points in mind to determine how far along your windows are in their lifespan. You might think that windows just need to be cleaned every now and again and that they’ll last forever. However, they will likely need to be replaced from time to time.
- Drafts and Leaks
As we mentioned, the purpose of windows is to let in beauty and light and keep everything else out. So, take a moment to carefully inspect your window frames for signs that water is creeping in or insects are burrowing into the material.
If you find spots that are soft or cracking or just plain rotten, that’s a good indication that it’s time to replace your windows. Ignoring issues will only lead to more damage and higher replacement costs in the future, expanding beyond the window into the structural elements of your house.
To try and catch these problems even earlier, wait for a rainy day and then carefully check all around your window frames to see if any water is getting in. To test for drafts, choose a day when there is a significant temperature difference between inside and outside. Feel around the frame for any noticeable drafts. While it’s not very scientific, it does really work.
- Temperature Control
Be sure to pay attention to your thermostat as it is a great indication of when something is wrong. If you’re always cranking your thermostat either, way up in the winter or way down in the summer, and the only difference you see is in your heating bill, it’s probably time to buy replacement windows. Either your windows are too old, or damaged in some way and not fulfilling their purpose accurately.
The age of your windows doesn’t just have to do with keeping up with the latest styles, although good aesthetics are appealing. The age of your windows also relates to utility and even safety.
Newer windows have better features that make them prettier, more energy efficient, and more durable. Plus, some older windows are not large enough to meet with required fire egress codes. The larger the windows you have in your home, the more egress points are available to you and your family in case there is a fire. That could save your life one day.
- Poor Performance
It should not require the Hulk to open and close your windows, and window cleaning maintenance should be easy and painless. If you put off cleaning your windows because you dread the work, consider getting some new, easy to maintain, modern windows.
Your home is your sanctuary. It is your place of rest after a long day at work. As such, the hustle and bustle of the outdoors shouldn’t be following you inside.
Newer windows are engineered to block a lot of sounds and make your home the peaceful sanctuary that it should be. Depending on how yappy your neighbor’s dog is, this factor alone could make new windows investment worth it.
- General Wear
Maybe you don’t note any of the specific factors that we’ve mentioned above. Even if your windows have general signs of wear, know that leaks, drafts, and everything else are not too far behind. Chips, stains, and general ugliness all fall into the general wear category.
You can even toss outdated windows in this category. If the main reason for replacing your windows is that you want something more modern-looking, you’re still making an excellent choice by updating. All the sound, energy efficiency, ease of cleaning, and other factors that we’ve mentioned come along with new windows, which will significantly increase your enjoyment.
Okay, this may seem a little obvious, but we’ll go ahead and state the obvious, just to be clear. If a window is damaged because the neighbor kid sent a ball through it or a branch came through during the last storm, you should replace it.
Just patching it up and living with it because you don’t want to spend the money isn’t a good idea. More entirely preventable damage may be caused in the meantime adding up to unnecessary extra expenses. Not to mention that no patch job will never be as energy efficient as a new window, so you’ll be paying more on your energy bill every month.
It’s simply better to get it fixed right away and not have to worry about it. Plus, you could turn your lemons into lemonade and figure it is time to replace all your windows; having just the incentive you needed to get started!
At Wholesale Home Improvements, we carry an extensive stock of new windows at discount prices. By running our business honestly and mostly by word of mouth, we cut overhead costs and pass those savings onto our clients. You’ll see that we offer some of the same brands that you can find in the big national chain stores, but for a fraction of the cost. An investment in beautiful new windows could end up not being as expensive as you thought after all!
Of course, if you take the time to look for the signs that maybe it’s time to replace your home windows and you are still unsure, you can always call us and talk to one of our knowledgeable representatives. We’ve been running Wholesale Home Improvements here in Denver for almost 25 years. We know all the signs to look for and will give you an honest opinion. Give us a call today for a free quote, and we’ll be happy to offer our expert advice.