Some homeowners simply don’t know when it’s time to replace the windows in their homes. The windows may look fine from afar, but up close, they show signs of wear and tear. If you aren’t sure how old the windows are in your home, look for these warning signs that they need to be replaced sooner rather than later.
1. You Feel Drafts
Do you feel drafts when you walk by the windows in your home? Is there a noticeable temperature change the closer you get to your windows? Do you see your curtains move as the wind swirls around outside? These are all signs your windows have exceeded their usefulness and it’s time for new ones.
2. Higher Energy Bills
Faulty and leaky windows cause your furnace and/or air conditioning to work overtime to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. If you notice your energy bills creeping up, it’s probably time for new windows.
3. Your Old Windows are Single Pane
Single pane windows do little to keep the outside out and the inside in. They cause your furnace/air conditioning to work harder and they aren’t very soundproof. If your home still has single-pane windows, you should consider investing in double or triple glazed replacements to save money and up the value of your home.
4. Hard to Open or Close
If the windows in your home are hard to unlock, open, or close, it’s a sign they have shifted, or the wood has swollen. If you’re tired of fighting with your windows or you simply don’t open them anymore, installing new windows will make you extremely happy.
Windows whose seals have failed experience condensation buildup when there is a huge difference in temperature from inside the house and out. This means your windows are less efficient than they should be. If you notice a foggy condensation on any of your current windows, it’s time to replace them.
6. Excess Noise
Chirping birds are one thing, but if you can hear your neighbor’s loud exhaust from down the street, your old windows aren’t doing much to keep outside noise to a minimum. Installing new windows will help soundproof your home and keep all that excess noise where it belongs – outside.
7. Decaying Wood
If your home’s windows display signs of decaying wood or obvious damage, it’s a good idea to consider window replacements. If it hasn’t already, that decayed wood will eventually give way and the windows will begin to sag.
No one likes to think about the expense associated with replacing their home’s windows, but the reality is, old, drafty, non-efficient windows cost you more money than you think. New windows pay for themselves in a very short time, upping your home’s curb appeal and resale value dramatically.