How To Tell When You Need To Replace Your Windows

How To Tell When You Can Replace Storm Window Glass

Storms can get bad in the Midwest. You need to protect your home and family with the right kind of windows to insulate from moisture, temperatures, and potential damage caused by extreme weather and other external elements. When your windows are in good condition, you can be confident in your home is protected from storms.

Windows: What They Are

Technology has redefined almost every aspect of our lives, including home remodeling and construction. Thanks to advances in design and manufacturing, windows are now packed with cutting-edge features to serve a home better than ever before.

All windows let in light and most allow the passage for air and sometimes sound. Modern windows are typically covered in glass or some other transparent or translucent material. Some windows may be opened, some are great for airflow and some are ideal for broad views. Windows also protect your home from burglars and inclement weather.

When looking for new home windows, there are many replacement options available to fit with a building’s architectural or decorative style. Each type of window serves a different purpose. Narrowing down the many options starts with knowing all the many types of windows your home could have:

  • Single-hung windows
  • Double-hung windows
  • Sliding windows
  • Casement windows
  • Bay windows
  • Fixed windows
  • Picture windows
  • Panel windows
  • Gable windows
  • Skylights
  • Storm windows

Benefits of Windows

Some of the benefits you can expect from a new window installation include:

  • Reduced energy costs: Windows help reduce movement of air into and out of your home. This helps your HVAC unit spend less energy to achieve and maintain the desired temperature.
  • Safety: Storm windows are designed to be extremely tough to the elements they will be exposed to. They offer a high degree of resistance to breaking.
  • A variety of makes: There are many different types of window sizes and materials to choose from. Each type can provide different benefits depending on your location and needs.
  • Add home value: The energy efficiency delivered by windows can have a fairly major impact on the bills as well as your home’s value.

Why You Need to Replace Your Window

Human error, natural disasters, temperature fluctuations…there are many possible reasons a window could need replacement.

  • Drafty even when windows are closed. If you feel the breeze when standing by your closed window on windy or chilly winter days, chances are you have serious air leaks. This can be caused by several issues, including faulty seals, poor insulation, and more. A drafty window can increase your electric bill because your HVAC will work twice as hard to achieve a comfortable temperature.
  • Difficulty Opening and Closing Windows. Windows which are rotting, rusting, or have developed balance issues can be difficult to use. If you struggle to open, close, and lock windows, it’s definitely time for a replacement.
  • Condensation Buildup. Regular fog or condensation between the two panes of glass indicates your window’s seals have failed, allowing moisture to invade the space between panes. When the seals fail, the insulating gas is depleted and that’s a sign that it’s time to replace the window before they get too leaky.
  • Window Frames are Chipped or Decayed. As window frames are exposed to water infiltration, they begin to go down on a downward spiral. Moisture buildup can cause serious decay ad severe safety issues. This makes it susceptible to cracking or shattering due to heavy impact. If this is the case, you probably need to replace your window in its entirety.

Professional Replacement

As a homeowner, it can be a point of pride to be able to handle home improvement and maintenance jobs yourself. Unfortunately, some projects, such as window replacement, are not made to be DIY. A professional window installer who spends every day repairing and installing different types of windows will naturally have the expertise to do the job than you would from a quick Google search.

If you do not have professional knowledge or experience, you might not take accurate measurements or create a tight insulating seal, creating ideal conditions for leaks, drafts, mold, and rot. Materials and supplies can also be heavy and forcefully pushing them in place could lead to damage and more repair or replacement costs. And if the glass breaks, you could injure yourself and will need to buy another window. Enjoy the peace of mind by having window contractors who have years of experience and are well-trained to ensure a snug fit every time. Professional window installers also know all the applicable safety procedures.

With a professional, you’ll benefit from window warranties and the contractors’ guarantee for their work. If something goes wrong, you’ll have two companies to turn to. Leaving the job to a professional installer saves you money because you won’t have to pay more to have a professional correct the mistakes you’ve made.

Outdated windows can be costing you thousands in energy efficiency. At Midwest Roofing Siding & Windows, we pride ourselves on the highest caliber of service. We install top-notch windows to fit your needs and specifications. We also offer the option of upgrading to Low-e energy-efficient coating. Let the experts at Midwest Roofing Siding & Windows replace your old windows with new, functional pieces. For more information about replacing a broken window in the Twin Cities, MN, contact us to schedule an appointment or request an estimate.

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