Many of us take the quality and cost-efficiency of our windows for granted. We don’t realize how much we use them until they start to fall apart and need replacement. By then, it could be too late on some fronts. Here are five signs it’s time for new windows.
1. Your Windows Have Leaks
Leaky windows need to be repaired, and if they can’t be fixed, new ones should be installed as soon as possible. Water damage from leaking windows won’t just affect the interior of your house, it can also impact the exterior siding and foundation. If you see dampness anywhere around your window casings or frames, you’re looking at potential water damage and possible rot. If you see mold, mildew, or peeling paint on the inside of the windows, it’s likely there is water seeping through your windows and damaging your walls.
2. Your Windows Don’t Shut Tightly
If you notice gaps around the edges of your windows, there’s a problem. Your windows should fit tightly against their frames to prevent draft and water damage. If they don’t seal tightly, replace them with new energy-efficient windows for maximum comfort.
3. The Windows Are Drafty
If your windows are making whistling noises when the wind blows outside or if you have to use tape or plastic on them to keep out drafts, they need replacement. You can also tell your windows are drafty if you have fog on the inside of your window panes during the winter.
4. Windows Are an Eyesore
If your window frames look dirty, rusty, or generally worn out, it’s time to replace them. If your window casing is rotting or looks damaged from water damage, it’s time for a replacement.
5. Your Windows No Longer Offer Energy Efficiency
According to the Department of Energy, most of the energy used by homes is spent on heating and cooling. Unfortunately, heat gain and loss through windows account for 25% to 30% of residential energy consumption. Properly insulated windows keep out the cold and keep in the heat. If your windows aren’t well insulated, you could be losing energy, which means wasting money.
If your windows are showing signs of wear and tear or if they offer no insulation, they need to be replaced. If you are looking for new energy-efficient replacement windows, contact us today. We will be happy to help you find the perfect replacement windows for your home.