Having your home's windows replaced can be a major project and expense, so it's understandable that no homeowner wants to shell out money to replace their windows until it becomes absolutely necessary. At the same time, your old windows are not doing you any favors, as they could be costing you money in energy bills. Wondering whether it may be time to schedule a home window replacement project? There are a few telltale signs to watch out for.
Your Windows Are Old
Depending on the type of windows you have in your home, you can generally expect them to last for a few decades before they need replacement (so long as they have been properly maintained). If your windows are more than 30 years old, there's a good chance they're due for replacement.
The Seals Are Failing
Do your windows seem to "fog up" or get cloudy in certain weather conditions--especially in the cold? If so, then this is a sign that you have bad seals on your window panes. While it's not a huge deal if just one or two of your windows have this (it can be repaired by replacing the panes), you should consider replacement if all your windows appear to have bad seals.
Your Frames Are Damaged
Unfortunately, once the surrounding frames of a window become damaged or decayed, there is really no saving the window itself; the entire thing will need to be replaced. You can check for signs of damage and decay by performing a visual inspection around the exterior of your home. Decay around window frames can spread to the rest of your home, so it's not something you'll want to ignore or put off for very long.
The Insulation is Poor
Finally, if you're noticing high energy bills, drafty windows, or even just poor sound insulation, it may be time to replace your windows with a more energy efficient option. There are all kinds of great energy-saving windows on the market these days, including double-pane windows injected with argon gas for added insulation quality. These windows can not only save you money on your energy bills, but cut down on noise in your home as well.
Do any of these issues apply to your home's windows? If so, then it may be time to schedule a free estimate for a total home window replacement with a reputable window company in your area.