Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

New windows offer a number of benefits to homeowners. They provide better insulation
to help reduce heating and cooling costs. They can keep a home more secure while giving
the owner more ability to use the windows in a variety of ways. Upgrading to new
windows can be a big decision, though. In some situations, the benefits of doing so can
far outweigh any limitations.

Replacement windows are beneficial on homes that have windows over 15 to 20 years
(though many windows younger than this can have signs of needing replacement.) Here
are some common instances in which replacement is necessary.

Condensation

Notice any condensation or moisture on the interior of the window? This often will occur
when there is a frost. The interior of the windows should never have any moisture on
them, but older systems have failing seals that allow moisture and air to leak, causing a
significant energy leak.

Drafts

Moving a hand around the edge of the window, it may be possible to feel a draft. This
often happens when temperatures in the home are significantly different from those
outside. For example, in the winter, feeling a cold draft by the windows indicates there is
the potential for a great deal of air leaks.

Another indication of this type of air leak and difficulty for temperatures to be regulated
is the way the glass feels. For example, the window may feel colder to the touch than the
rest of the home during the winter time. There may be instances where the window feels
very hot during the summer months.

Cracks or Chips

Any time the pane has a chip in it or a crack, even a small one, this weakens the entire
system. It also significantly weakens the windows. This means they are more likely to
shatter in the future with a temperature change or even if the window is just touched with
a bit too much force. It may be possible to just replace a single pane, but replacing the
entire window system tends to be a better option.

Damaged Frames

The frame of the window is the wooden structure around the window pane that holds it in
place. The frame can become damaged over time. If there is any sign of rotting wood,
crumbling wood, or even mold or mildew growth in this area, it is necessary to replace
the frame. This often requires removing the window and replacing it.

Upgrading for Efficiency

Many homeowners will benefit from window replacement for the energy efficiency
available in today’s products. Windows that are over 15 years old (sometimes older than
this) tend to be less efficient. Those that are a single pane may be less efficient than newer
models. And, choosing a better style or fit based on your location can also make a
difference. Replacing your windows in this situation can help you to save money on your
heating and cooling costs. Choose a highly related window for the best possible results.

Other Signs It Is Time to Upgrade

There are a few other signs it may be time to upgrade:

• Opening and closing the windows is hard to do.
• They lack any type of security feature such as a lock.
• They are no longer the style you want.
• You want to choose sun-blocking, UV-ray blocking options.
• Replacement parts are hard to find for your broken windows.
• Others other visible damage to the exterior.
• They are hard to maintain, such as those requiring painting on a routine basis.
• They look bad and are hampering the home’s value.

In any of these situations, replacing the windows on a home makes sense. New products
can be attractive, highly energy efficient, and durable. They can be easy to maintain. As
an added bonus, new windows boost the value of the home if you plan to list it on the
market soon!

Give us call at (919) 239-4522 to setup your free estimate and with one of our customer advocates. Don’t forget to mention our Buy 1 Get 1 Window Special

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