Your windows are among the crucial components of your house. Not do they allow you to see the outside world, but they also allow light in your house and provide you with enhanced security and safety.
All windows regardless of their quality require replacement at some point because they won’t last forever. If damaged or outdated, your windows may not perform their function effectively and efficiently. When that happens, you need to replace your windows immediately.
Of course, replacing your window can do so much to your home. Not only will it improve your comfort, but it can also help add value to your home and improve the quality of life of your family through better ventilation. In addition, it can help reduce your energy bills.
But what are signs that indicate that it’s time to replace your windows? Well, keep reading this article as we discuss the biggest signs that you need new windows.
- Windows are leaking
One of the most notable signs indicating that it is time to replace your windows is when they are leaking. Windows are there to allow light inside your house, but this amazing effect can be ruined if moisture finds its way between the panes in double-glazed windows. Or condensation may accumulate on the inside.
While you can easily wipe away the condensation, it can quickly become irritating, and you could end up with mold growing on the inside of the frame as well. Moisture or mold inside the window glass cannot be resolved easily, and it will sit there, blocking your view and light.
These issues usually occur if the window has not been installed properly or when the seals have gone. The worst scenario can be if the window starts leaking and you end up with lots of water on the inside.
The best way to solve all these issues is to replace the window because repairing it can turn out to be very expensive, especially if the seals on the other panes fail.
- Windows are worn out
If you have had your windows for the longest time now, it is time to get new ones. Old windows are more prone to rot and warping. Wooden window frames are especially tricky to maintain. Once rot has set into the wood, it can be very challenging to prevent the decay. The problem can get worse, especially during the rainy season. It can be quite a difficult task to fix the window to make it look good again. If you leave the rot there, it will just get worse, and be pretty challenging to open or close the window.
On the other hand, poor-quality uPVC windows may fade over time, and as they expand during hot seasons, they can become warped. If the double glazing is failing, you may notice water leaks, chips, racks, condensation, and holes. So, it is best to replace the old windows. This is one of the best ways you can give your house a new, fresh look.
- Windows are difficult to open and close
A window that doesn’t open or close easily can be very frustrating. If you notice that your window is getting difficult to open and close, you should consider replacing it as soon as you can. There are several reasons that could make a window to become difficult to open. One of these reasons is if it has been painted shut. This could have saved time on the decorating but it doesn’t make the functioning of the window any better.
Another cause could be a warped frame, which is very common with uPVC windows because they tend to expand in hot weather. If the uPVC doesn’t contract again when it cools, and this happens repeatedly, the frame can become bigger for the aperture, making it hard to open or close the window.
Finally, another cause for this could be that your home’s foundation has shifted, making the window frame not fit in the space appropriately. In all these situations, the best thing you can do is to install a new window.
- You are getting high energy bills
Another major sign that you should get new windows immediately is if your energy bills are skyrocketing. Generally, old or damaged windows can affect your home’s insulation, leading to high energy bills. The more heat escaping from your home during cold months, the more energy you will use to compensate for the lost heat.
To confirm this, you can stand right next to your windows and see if they feel cooler than the rest of the room. In addition, if the glass is cold to touch, there is a high chance that you are wasting energy. Also, pay attention to any gaps or holes in the window frames. The gaps or holes can allow cold air to enter your house, causing your energy bill to increase every month. The best way to solve these issues is to replace your old windows. You will be able to save a substantial amount on energy bills.
- Your windows are drafty
There are plenty of reasons for drafts. First, it could be that the air you are trying cool is seeping out and the hot air outside is finding its way in. Secondly, since outside air is finding its way in, your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your rooms comfortable. A room with drafty windows tends to feel less comfortable than the rest of the other rooms in your house. The locking mechanism of your window is usually the culprit for drafts. This will not only increase your energy bills but can also compromise your security. The best thing you can do is to install a new window.
As already mentioned, your windows are a crucial part of your home. That’s why you must ensure that they are always in good condition. If you notice any of the above mentioned signs, it is time to get new windows as soon as you can.
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