If your windows are broken, then, of course, you need to replace them. But there are other reasons to replace windows, too. They don't always need to be broken to warrant replacement. Here are some other signs it may be time for new windows.
Your Windows Have Single-Pane Glass
If you've never looked at windows closely before, you may not have noticed that some have two or three panes of glass, one placed inside of the other. Other windows have just one pane of glass. Single-pane glass windows used to be the default, but most people don't choose them anymore for multiple reasons. They are much less efficient than double or triple-pane windows. The air trapped between the glass panes acts as an insulator, reducing the amount of heat that passes through the windows.
If your home has single-pane windows, then it is probably worth having them replaced. Your home will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, and your energy bills will decrease — often significantly.
Your Windows Are Hard for You to Open and Close
Some people have a really hard time opening and closing double-hung windows. Pressing on the little latches at the top takes some dexterity that you may not have if you have arthritis in your hands. Other people have trouble with casement windows. They may struggle to turn the little crank. If you find your windows hard to open, why keep struggling? You could have your windows replaced with a style that is easier for you, personally, to operate. Once you have windows you can actually open and close, you may find you open them for fresh air more often.
Your Windows Don’t Offer a Great View
If you have a really great view from your home, then your windows should complement that! If you have small, double-hung, or casement windows on the wall nearest the great view, then why not have those small windows replaced with a picture window or a bay window? You can leave the rest of the windows in your home alone if they're in good shape. A big picture or bay window basically brings the beauty of the outdoors inside. In this case, you can think about window replacement as redecorating.
Broken windows need to be replaced. However, windows do not need to be broken to warrant replacement. If you're in any of the situations above, call a window services company.