When Should You Replace Your Windows?
Windows are like many other things around the house. You don’t really realize that they need attention until, well, they need attention. As long as they operate properly and let in the cool breezes when needed we may not give them much thought, but, like most things, windows do wear out.
If your window won’t open at all or won’t stay open they may need to be replaced. Windows that slide up to open like single hung or double hung varieties but don’t stay open may slam down and become a hazard. These windows use a balance system and if that fails, it’s time to replace them.
If you notice that you are getting a draft then it’s also time to look into new windows. Window frames can rot and warp and allow air to enter your home. This negatively affects your energy bills not to mention your comfort level. Also, if you notice condensation especially in between the panes on the window or fogging anywhere on the window, that’s another sign that they are wearing out and will need to be renewed.
In some older homes people simply paint or nail windows shut. This is not only bad for the homeowner as the windows will no longer operate, but it’s also detrimental because older homes may have had lead based paints used on them which is a health hazard on top of everything. If you own a home where the windows have been painted shut, it’s probably time for replacement windows.
Perhaps your windows still work quite well, but if you see any deterioration, chipping, pooling water or water stains on the sills or frames, or you can’t get replacement parts for them should you need, it may be time for new windows. Similarly, if you can’t clean your windows with ease it may be time to consider a newer more functional model that makes window cleaning a breeze.
Our windows take on whatever what Mother Nature throws at us, so it’s no surprise that the side of your house that sustains most of the weather may need new windows before the other side. Replacing windows can mean all of them or just one or two, there is no hard and fast rule as to what you have to do as homeowners although matching windows make for better curb appeal than a mix and match system does any day.
The good news on all counts is that new windows are better than ever at sealing out outside noises from traffic, neighbours and nature. They not only have better soundproofing properties and are also more energy efficient than their older counterparts. Give those older windows a look—are you ready for replacement windows?