How to Know When to Replace the Windows in Your Home
August 28, 2016
August 28, 2016
Homeowners generally know when it’s time to replace a roof, repair a leaking pipe, or fix an appliance—but many people have trouble deciding when it’s time to replace or update the windows in a home. Window replacement can be troublesome and costly, but new windows offer numerous advantages, from energy savings to boosting a house’s sale price.
Here are some tips to help you decide whether or not it’s time to replace the windows in your home:
- Cracked or Damaged Panes. Obviously, broken windows need replacing immediately, but cracks and chipsare equally dangerous, especially in older panes. Shattering glass can cause serious injuries to people, pets, and property; repair or replace your windows at the first sign of cracks or other damage.
- Drafty Rooms and “Breezes” Near Closed Windows. Over time, wooden window frames and casings can warp, shrink, and crack, allowing air to enter the home. This increases energy costs and makes your home less comfortable. If you notice a breeze with the windows closed, consider replacing the window ASAP.
- Replacement of Non-Tempered Glass With Safety Glass.Older windows and sliding doors are often constructed from “standard glass,” which shatters into dangerous shards when broken. Modern building codes require replacement of standard glass with tempered or “safety glass,” which breaks into “pebbles” that carry a lower risk of injury or death. Replacing dangerous older glass with modern tempered windows and doors increases the safety (and, often, value) of your home.
- High or Increasing Energy Costs. As windows age, they shrink and warp, allowing for seepage of air both into and out of the home. This increases cooling costs in the summer months and makes it more expensive to heat your home in winter, too. Noticeable increases in your energy bills—especially in the summer and winter—may be a sign that it’s time to replace those aging, leaky windows with energy-efficient panes.
- Difficulty Opening or Closing. Windows should function smoothly, with little to no sticking or trouble opening or closing. Older hung or counterweighted windows tend to stick (or refuse to open) as they age, and may also slam shut without warning. In addition to making the windows hard to use, these problems create safety issues and risk of injury to adults and children. Once your windows refuse to open (or shut) without difficulty, it’s time to consider replacement.
Increasingly affordable prices and a wide range of modern designs have made replacing windows far simpler, and less expensive, than it was in the past. Ignoring the warning signs of aging windows leads to rising energy costs and even a risk of injury to your home and family members. Whether you’re planning to sell your house or simply want to improve your family’s safety and comfort, proper, timely window replacement is a wise investment for any home.