7 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Windows
Do you know the last time your windows were replaced? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Many homeowners don’t know how old their home’s windows are; after all, it doesn’t often come up when purchasing a home. The first time you give thought to your windows might be when you decide to replace them. If you’re starting to think about a window replacement project for your home, you may be asking yourself questions such as: How long do windows last? How do I know when to replace my windows? How do I choose new replacement windows I’ll love?
Renewal by Andersen of Greater Wisconsin is here to help. We’ve rounded up a few of the most important things to keep an eye out for when it comes to your windows. You should consider investing in new windows if your existing ones are:
Damage to your windows is one of the most obvious signs that they need replacing. If your window frames are cracked or rotted, they may have sustained moisture damage. To avoid this happening again in the future, it’s best to replace them with windows made of a durable material—like our proprietary Fibrex®, for instance. Fibrex® window frames do not fade like vinyl, rot like wood, or corrode like aluminum can.
Damaged glass often warrants a window replacement, as well. You may think that a small crack can’t do any harm, but even the smallest of cracks has the potential to release the thermal gas fills in between panes, which will drastically reduce your window’s energy efficiency.
Speaking of energy efficiency, is it colder near the window than it is in the rest of your home? Do you sometimes feel a draft as you walk by your windows? Can you feel the heat radiating from them during the summertime? You might have come to the unsettling realization that your windows no longer block noise as efficiently as they once did.
All of these are signs that your windows’ energy-efficient properties are losing their efficacy. Energy-efficient windows feature several technologies to reduce thermal transfer in your home—such as gas fills, weatherstripping, low-E coating, and multiple glass panes. If these begin to wear out or your window sustains damage, your home’s thermal efficiency could be compromised.
If your windows have become difficult to open, close, lock, and unlock, it’s a sign that it’s time to replace them. You should be able to open your windows easily to enjoy the weather on a beautiful, breezy day, and faulty windows can rob you of that joy. Besides adding frustration to your daily life, dysfunctional windows could compromise your home’s security, as well. Additionally, if you notice that your windows come out of their track, that’s another sign they’re not functioning as they should and need to be replaced.
Losing Their Ability to Block out Sound
Can you hear the cars zooming past your home and the birds chirping much louder now than in the past? This increase in outside noise could be a sign that your house windows need replacing. Single-pane, and even some double-pane windows are ineffective at absorbing sound waves. The best energy-efficient windows on the market also provide incredible noise reduction, maintaining a peaceful and quite home interior.
Developing Condensation Between Panes
Perhaps one of the more unsightly indications that it’s time to invest in a window replacement is if condensation is developing between your windows’ panes. Not only can this fogginess bring down your home’s curb appeal, it can also pose as a health risk to those in your household, as this condensation can serve as a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
No Longer Providing an Air-Tight Seal
The bond between your home’s windows and their openings should be completely sealed. However, after years of exposure to the outdoor elements, your windows’ frames can contract, expand, and even warp, compromising that seal and allowing gaps to form. These gaps serve as an access point for heat to find its way into your home in the summertime and out of your home in the winter.
Although the signs may be subtle, a shoddy installation is one of the more common reasons why many homeowners require a new window replacement. A window installation performed by an inexperienced company can cause your windows to perform poorly and can even bring down the overall aesthetic of your home.
RBA of Greater Wisconsin Can Help
Now that you know how to tell if you need new windows, take a look at the existing windows at your Wisconsin home. Do they exhibit any of the signs above? Are you tired of their lackluster appearance or frustrated at their lack of functionality? If you live in Green Bay or a surrounding area, turn to RBA of Greater Wisconsin. We offer top-tier windows from industry-leading manufacture Renewal by Andersen. Crafted for superb energy efficiency and long-lasting durability, our replacement windows will help regulate the temperature inside your home and withstand Mother Nature’s worst long after installation. What’s more, you can customize our products so that they suit your aesthetic tastes perfectly. And when it comes to installation, our Certified Master Installers are among the most experienced and qualified in the area. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at your home.