Your house has the ability to give you signs when something’s amiss. The windows are particularly communicative. If your windows are drafty, fog up easily, jam when you try to open or close them, or just look outdated, they are telling you to replace them. Repairing a window is sometimes possible, especially when the problem is minor, such as needing new hardware or weather-stripping. But when your home’s windows are dated or significantly damaged, it’s best to take the plunge and get brand-new ones. Here are the top signs that your home’s windows need to be replaced:
Recurring Presence of Cold Drafts
If you stand or sit directly next to your closed window, do you feel air coming from the window or a noticeable temperature change from the rest of the room? As your old windows reach the end of their service life, cracks and leaks start to form between the frames. The airtight seal between the frame and glass panes also becomes damaged.
Drafty windows compromise your home’s thermal stability, forcing your HVAC to work overtime to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Heat loss and heat gain through old, leaky windows account for 25% to 30% of your home’s energy use.
You’ll need new windows to eliminate drafts and reduce your utility bills.
Condensation Between Glass Panes
Condensation or water build-up between the glass panes can be caused by a damaged seal that is no longer airtight. Due to failing seals, it’s easy for fog or condensation to find its way between the panes.
Condensation build-up on your windows isn’t all bad, so you’ll need to analyze the condensation you’re dealing with. Condensation on windows can be interior or exterior.
Interior condensation occurs in the winter months and is often caused by excess moisture in the house and extreme cold outside. Exterior condensation occurs in the warmer months when outside humidity levels are higher.
Interior condensation that develops between the glass panes is a huge red flag. The glass panes are supposed to be airtight, so you’ll notice condensation if the seal is broken.
Interior condensation can cause moisture damage. Signs to look out for include:
- Peeling paint on window frames
- Discoloration on the interior frames and walls
- Damaged weatherstripping
- Worn out caulking
Windows that get frequent moisture buildup will highly benefit from replacement.
Old or damaged windows develop balance issues, which result in sticking and jamming. The formation of rust, mold, dirt and rot may also factor into this, showing that your windows are nearing the end of their lifespan.
Windows with operational issues cause air to leak in and out of your house and could interfere with your home’s energy efficiency. Opening and closing your windows should not be a form of exercise.
Outside Noises Plague You
Are the obnoxious sounds of barking dogs, car horns, people chatting, or traffic disrupting your home? The excessive noise might mean that it is time for you to replace your old windows.
Windows offer sound control by absorbing everyday sound waves, reducing the amount of external noise you hear in your home.
A window’s ability to block the transfer of unwanted sound vibrations is measured by its Sound Transmission Class (STC). The ratings typically range from 18-35. The higher the rating, the better a window reduces noise. Installing windows with an STC rating that matches the level of noise pollution near your home can improve your comfort and reduce stress.
Lack of Curb Appeal
Windows are one of your home’s most prominent exterior features; if they look old and worn out, your house will too. If the window material is warping, the color is fading, or the old screens detract from your home’s curb appeal, it may be time to replace your windows.
Replacement windows come in various styles, shapes, materials, and colors. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your picture windows or swap your fixed sash windows for double-hung windows, there are many options to meet your budget and aesthetic needs.
Benefits of Replacing Windows
New windows provide homeowners with ample benefits, including:
- Improved energy efficiency: New windows are better insulated and designed to keep the elements out, enhancing your home’s energy efficiency and reducing wear and tear on your HVAC. You’ll keep your home comfortable, use less energy, and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Low-maintenance: Replacement windows have unique features that make maintenance one less hassle. Something like tilt-in window sashes and frames allows you to clean harder-to-reach surfaces while still inside the home. Blinds between the window panes reduce the need for dusting.
- Noise reduction: New windows with triple-pane glass and insulating frames can reduce and block noise from neighbors, traffic, and construction. That means more peace and quiet for you.
- Enhanced security and safety: Windows that don’t open or close easily can be a safety hazard. New operable windows can benefit the safety of your family. Some windows feature security options, such as locks and security sensors.
- Increased home value: As with many home improvement projects, replacement windows can increase your chance of selling and recouping a significant return on investment. New windows attract prospective buyers because they know they won’t need replacements for a long time.
- Better curb appeal: New windows can dramatically enhance the look of your home – inside and out. Choose from fiberglass, aluminum, wood, vinyl, or composite windows in a wide range of finishes and colors to complement the style and color of your home. Improved curb appeal can also boost your home’s value.
If any of the mentioned signs stuck out to you, it’s time to contact the Twin Cities remodeling experts at Midwest Roofing Siding & Windows. We can help you find the best window type, material, and quality for your needs and budget. We also ensure your replacement windows are installed right the first time. Contact us for a quote today!