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5 signs it's time to replace your home windows

Jul 29

You know it's time for new home windows when the frames are looking old and dingy and cold drafts and streaming through.

You may find yourself unable to stand looking at them, but ignoring the problem will only make the situation worse. It will lead to higher heating and cooling costs, discomfort in your home, and other sizable issues that can be remedied by simply making the worthy investment of changing out your old windows for new ones.

Fortunately, there are ways to tell if it's time to replace your home windows. Listed below are 5 of the most common signs of window replacement. 

Let's take a look!

1. Increased utility bills

Your windows play an important role in the energy performance of your home. Old, damaged, or even leaky windows do not perform well and can cause your utility bills to rise. These windows have reached the end of their useful lives.

Air leaks or drafts around your windows are one of the most obvious signs that your windows need replacing. Leaky windows can lead to uncomfortable temperatures during extreme weather. Energy loss from drafty windows accounts for up to a third of a home's heating and cooling costs. Modern replacement windows feature weatherstripping for optimum air seal protection. Additionally, these windows keep out pollen, bacteria, and other airborne contaminants.

Older windows don't have good insulation, meaning that they waste the heat from your furnace and other heating equipment. Old windows tend to leak, wasting energy and making your HVAC unit work harder. Your HVAC system will be working overtime to compensate for the loss of heat or cool air. This is a big drain on your pocketbook.

2. Cold drafts in the home

When you have an older single-pane window, you'll probably be able to feel a cold draft coming through the window when it's closed. The problem may be that your window's seal is rotting. It may also be that the window frame has become damaged. These problems can lead to higher utility bills. You can also check if your window is leaking air by using a candle or incense stick. When you feel a draft coming through the window, it's time to replace the window.

One of the most common causes of air drafts in the home is a faulty window. An old window won't properly seal the air in the room, and you'll end up spending a lot of money on energy bills. Old windows can also leak, causing you to feel uncomfortable. They are also difficult to open or close. Investing in new windows will increase your comfort and save you money in the long run.

3. Window frame water damage

One of the most obvious signs of a need to replace home windows is worn out window frames. No homeowner can stand looking at a tattered window frame, but ignoring this problem will only make matters worse. Wooden frames are especially susceptible to wear and tear, and water exposure can weaken the wood and cause it to rot. This can result in a puddle of water under the window.

Not only can water damage the frame of your window, but it can cause mold growth and rot your walls. If you don't immediately replace the window, the leaking water can seep down into the wall. In fact, this kind of water can be trapped for months and rot the wall from the inside out. Not only can these signs cause your home's appearance to deteriorate, they can also affect the energy efficiency of your home, resulting in high utility bills.

Other signs of a need to replace home windows include water damage and mold growth on the window sill. If the frame has mold, this is a sure sign that you should replace the home windows.

Another sign it's time to replace home windows is if a window cannot be opened. The frame may have a problem with the tracks, which is caused by wood swelling from dampness. If you notice a problem with these windows, contact a window replacement contractor immediately. They will be able to determine whether they need repair work or replacement. These symptoms are usually indicative of a need to replace home windows.

4. Condensation bewteen glass panes

This common problem occurs when the air inside a home is cold and the humidity is high inside. Excess moisture builds up on surfaces inside a home, which can lead to rot, warping, and mold. But the bigger problem is condensation between glass panes. The space between the glass panes should be filled with an insulating gas to prevent the condensation from building up. If the space between the glass panes is completely empty of any air, then it may be time to replace them.

Generally, windows are made up of two glass panes. These panes are separated by an air space, which acts as an insulator. However, as these windows age, they begin to develop condensation problems. Condensation between glass panes can occur for a number of reasons, including inadequate ventilation. Besides reducing the efficiency of windows, condensation can lead to rot and mold growth, which are damaging to the building materials and the health of homeowners. 

The first thing to consider is whether the condensation is on the outside or the inside. While condensation on the outside isn't a problem, it is a major issue if it occurs inside. If the condensation occurs inside, then the window is not airtight, and there is moisture trapped inside. This means that the seal between the glass panes has failed.

In addition, you might notice that your windows have a noticeable increase in noise from outside. This can cause your HVAC system to work overtime in order to heat or cool your home.

5. Windows are older than 20 years

There are many reasons to replace old windows, but a major one is the lack of energy efficiency. Moreover, older windows are not only less energy efficient, they're also dangerous for your health due to the increased likelihood of mold growth. Fortunately, there are many cost-effective window replacement solutions. 

In most cases, older windows have pane glass and are not energy efficient. Newer windows use special glazing that helps minimize the amount of heat and energy they use. Older windows are less insulative and let sound waves through. Additionally, old windows decrease the curb appeal of your home.

If your windows are older than 20 years, it might be time to replace them. For more information, visit the Energy Star website or contact a local window installer.

On top of that, f you have windows that were installed before 1978, they may contain lead paint. Lead paint is relatively harmless if not disturbed. However, if you decide to renovate your home, you'll need to ensure the renovation is lead-safe.