Do I Need New Windows

Do I Need New Windows?

Can you see clearly? Is there a draft? Are your energy bills giving you a headache?

If so, it may be time to splash out and get new windows for your house.

Windows are a costly investment, so deciding that it's time to replace them is a serious consideration. Of course, you don't want to spend the money if there is no need, but sometimes it's tough to know when windows need to be replaced, especially when flaws are minor.

We want to help you identify flawed windows. With this list, you can clearly recognize whether your windows have more life or if it's time to throw them out and adorn your home with some fresh frames. 

Do I Need New Windows?

Whether you've lived in your home for years or purchased a new property, being able to spot signs of flawed windows is essential. You will also be prepared to pre-empt a costly upgrade on your home. 

If you've asked the question, "How do I know my windows need replacing?" then you've come to the right place. 

Look for these eight signs to gain transparency on your window conditions.

1. High Energy Bills

Old windows that have single panes or slight air leaks are not serving their purpose of insulating your home. While windows are important for aesthetic, natural lighting, and extensive views, the last thing you want is compromised comfort. When your windows (and doors) are poorly insulated, you'll see its effects on your energy bill.

Curtains, energy film, and new glass can also improve your window insulation. But if the frames are failing, then replacing windows with all the ENERGY STAR rating perks will improve your heating and cooling bills.

2. Windows Are Difficult to Open or Close

Windows that do not open, close, or lock as intended can be frustrating to operate, as well as a risk to your home security. Using your windows should be easy and smooth. Whether you have double-hung, single-hung, casement, or sliding windows, you shouldn't have to wrestle with them to work. 

Poor window operation can be caused by many things, depending on the window type and material. (Wooden frames are notorious for this problem.) At times, sticky windows can be remedied by cleaning debris from window jambs and tracks, replacing the window balance, a faulty roller system, and removing paint build-up from the sash and frame.

For issues that cannot be solved, consider replacement windows with simple operation and low maintenance requirements.

3. Wood Rot in the Window Frame or Sash

Natural wood in a home is warm and beautiful, but unfortunately, natural materials are susceptible to decay and rot. This decay can be caused by moisture or fungi. Adverse effects include allergies, structural instability, and poor insulation. 

If your wooden window frames are showing signs of rot, then it may be time to replace them with a longer-lasting material. Vinyl, aluminum, or fibrex frames are good choices if your wooden window frames need an upgrade.

4. There are Cracks in the Window Frame or Sash

Weathered and worn window frames and sashes are a sign of more damage to come. When your window frames are cracked and weak, challenges like mold, condensation, and rot are something you may have to deal with down the line. 

Get an expert to have a look at your windows and advise whether they can be sealed or patched up. Unfortunately, if your frames are too damaged, it may be time to replace them. 

5. Leaky Windows

Water should not be getting in from your windows. With leaky windows, the problem stems from old and worn seals that are no longer weather or airtight. A DIY caulking endeavor may help for a while, but keep in mind that water exposure fuels mold growth. With dryer seasons, the damage will lurk under the surface, making your windows weaker over time. 

Leaking is one of the clear signs of window failure. The only way to fix leaking windows for good so that they don't fail again is to replace them.

6. Major Drafts or Shaky Windows

Windows that shake and blow with the breeze are not doing their job of protecting your home. Poor installation, out-of-square windows, warped frames, failed glass seals, and deteriorated weatherstripping could be the reason your windows are rattling. 

If you live in an old home with shaky windows, it may be time for an upgrade. No more wind noise in your home means your quality of sleep and your energy bills can improve too. 

7. Condensation

Condensation occurs when warm, moist indoor air collides with a cooler surface. It may seem like a harmless and natural process during humid seasons or when the weather drops. So is it really something worth worrying about?

If your windows are often fogging up and having condensation build-up between your window panes, then your window seals have failed. If you avoid replacing them, you may be facing leaky windows, insulating gas leakage (the gas that's between the panes escape), mold, rot, and poor insulation effects.

Learn about condensation on aluminum frames and condensation between panes HERE and HERE.

8. You Like Your Neighbors Windows More Than Your Own

Upgrading your home's aesthetic is also a good enough reason to invest in new windows. Windows are a prominent feature of a home, and by replacing old, tired, or ugly windows, your home could get the facelift that it needs. 

How Long Should Windows Last?

Based on material and warranty alone, it's tough to say how long your windows will last. There are many factors that can affect the lifespan of your windows:

  • Inadequate insulation
  • Material type
  • Overall quality 
  • Local climate
  • General wear and tear
  • Abuse
  • Maintenance and care.

Cheaper quality windows are more likely to fail sooner, but good quality windows that are poorly installed can also fail before you expect them to. To improve the longevity of your new windows, take the time to find a quality window provider and an installation company with a good track record. 

Are New Windows a Good Investment?

Is it worth getting new windows? We're pleased you asked. 

We're going to give that question a resounding YES!

According to the Cost vs. Value 2021 National Data↗, replacement window projects have a better return on investment (ROI) than deck additions, roof replacements, major kitchen remodels, and bathroom remodels. So next time you're dreaming of your bathroom remodel, redirect your thinking to beautiful windows.

The Windows You Dream Of

New and functioning windows in a home will boost your home's value, curb appeal, and overall comfort. You can enjoy the natural, unfogged lighting, even on a cold day. Without leaking air, moisture damage, and high energy bills, your windows can finally be a feature that you enjoy all year round. 

As a functional upgrade on your home, windows should be first in line.

You'll want to consult with experts if you're unsure about the condition of your windows or if you are considering replacement windows. Brennan Enterprises offers 40 years of window replacement expertise. Contact us today at 844-888-0191 for a consultation to discuss your options for better-performing windows.

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