With proper maintenance, a well-crafted window can last 20 years or more. But even the best window from a trusted manufacturer must eventually be replaced. In some cases, it’s easy to tell when a window is nearing the end of its lifespan—for example, when the window frames are cracked, chipped, or showing other signs of wear or deterioration. “Just repaint or re-stain the frames,” you might argue, and you would have a point, as far as looks go. Windows are among the most prominent features of a home, and if they look worn, your house probably will, too. But windows with visible issues often have a host of other problems that may not be apparent to the casual observer, or in your situation, the busy homeowner. With that in mind, here are a few surefire ways to tell if it’s time to replace your windows:
You Feel Drafts Around Your Windows
Drafty windows can be a sign of worn weatherstripping, in which case a repair might be the better option. But drafts can also mean that your window frames are warped and, given that they are no longer fitting the opening tightly, outside air is entering the home. When that happens, particularly to more than one window, your monthly energy bills can skyrocket because your HVAC system must work harder to maintain your desired interior temperature.
Your Energy Bills Are Rising
There are several reasons for escalating energy bills, including poor insulation and an inefficient HVAC system. But windows are also at the top of the list. In addition to poorly fitting frames and worn weatherstripping, windows panes affect a home’s energy efficiency. Replacing your windows with those that feature energy-efficient glass can reduce your heating and cooling bills appreciably. When shopping for energy-efficient windows, focus on brands that bear the ENERGY STAR® label and come in various options of low-E glass. Ultimately, for cost-effectiveness, tailor your windows so that they are suitable for your climate.
It’s Difficult to Open or Close Your Windows
This might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many homes have badly functioning or inoperable windows. If your window can give you only limited ventilation, then you’re losing one of its most practical functions and your home likely isn’t as comfortable as it can be. Not only that, consider the aggravation of having windows that you can’t use—what’s the point, right? In short, it’s pretty straightforward: An optimally comfortable house is one with windows that allow great airflow and work dependably to allow easy control of airflow.
Let Us Help You
Are you reading this because you’re considering getting replacement windows installed? If so, let Dreamstyle Remodeling help. As the premier home improvement contractor serving the Western United States, we install a selection of smooth-opening windows that allow for nice breezes that will make you say, “Aah.” You can feel it already, can’t you? Allow one of our window specialists to show you all of our available options. Crafted by the renowned manufacturer Pella®, our windows are available in popular styles like double-hung, slider, and casement, as well as distinctive lines of bay, bow, awning, and more. To schedule a free consultation, contact Dreamstyle Remodeling today.