Knowing when and how often to replace your windows is crucial for any homeowner.
The pro installers at Opal Enterprises know that new windows improve energy efficiency, increase home value, cut down exterior noise, and provide added security to your home.
Many people replace their windows every couple of decades. It’ll ultimately depend on your window’s condition. However, the longer you wait, the more money it may be costing you in utility bills. Plus, older windows may lead to moisture or UV damage
How Long Do Windows Last?
We’d all love our windows to last forever, but unfortunately, that’s not possible. Even the highest quality windows wear out, and new models with more energy-efficient technology come along and make them obsolete.
If your windows are purchased from a reputable brand and are installed by skilled professionals, you can generally expect your windows to last about 20 to 25 years. Even longer if they’re correctly maintained. As your windows near the 15-year mark, you should look into possibly having them replaced.
When Should You Consider Replacing Your Windows?
Quality windows can last for decades, but eventually, they’ll likely start showing signs of when you should replace them. For example, maybe you’ve noticed your wood windows have become challenging to open, or they’ve become difficult to see through.
When should you consider changing them out? Here are some of the most frequently reported window issues homeowners face. They’re typically good indicators that it may be time for replacement windows.
Soft, Rotting Wood Frames
If your wood window frames aren’t cared for routinely, repeated contact with moisture can cause them to rot. A soft-to-the-touch frame is one of the first indications that this is taking place. Rotting wood may happen due to a problem with your window, or it may be caused by an opening in the roof or wall.
Your rotten wood frame can begin to grow mold, and if left untreated, it can spread and cause damage to your house and family members. Therefore, your entire window frame should be removed and replaced as soon as possible.
A Cracked Frame or Windowpane
Certain kinds of window damage should be repaired immediately, especially those that can be fixed with a hardware replacement or weather stripping. Nevertheless, a broken or warped window, sash or frame, or a cracked windowpane should be replaced instead of repaired.
A damaged window frame or sash can diminish energy efficiency, act as an entry point for insects or small rodents, and look unattractive.
Your Glass Is Foggy
You’ll only experience this issue if you have older double- or triple-paned (or glazed) glass. The problem begins with a tiny hole or cracks in the window. Then moisture enters and creates condensation, which fogs up your glass. If your windows contain argon, or another gas, between the panes, fog may indicate that it’s leaking.
Double- or triple-paned glass missing its insulative gas between the panes is no longer energy efficient and should be updated with brand new windows.
You Have Drafty Rooms
If your windows are closed, and you’re feeling a draft, there’s likely a problem. Try weather-stripping and caulking gaps around the frame or sashes. If you’re still feeling cold air in your home, you should consider replacement windows.
They’re Difficult to Open
Various things can prevent your window from opening and closing properly: dirt and dust buildup, tiny divots or grooves that have developed in the frame, a problem with the roller system, or a spring that’s too tight.
Repeated use can also cause cracks to appear on the frame, interfering with window operation when they become severe. All your windows should open and close easily, and if they don’t, it may be time to replace your windows.
High Heating and Air Conditioning Bills
Nearly 43% of a typical U.S. household’s annual utility bill goes toward heating and cooling. If your home’s energy consumption is more than this or is on the rise, it may be a signal your windows aren’t as energy efficient as they once were.
If you think this may be the issue, replacing your drafty, single-paned windows with Energy Star-certified windows can help bring down your costs and make your home more comfortable.
What Are the Benefits of Replacing Your Windows?
New energy-efficient windows do more than bring airflow and light into your home; advancements in window technology provide benefits including:
- Enhance safety and security for your home: Fiberglass or vinyl materials make windows easier to open, while modern locks and security sensors give you and your family peace of mind.
- Increase the resale value: According to a 2020 cost vs. value report, homeowners that install vinyl windows can reclaim nearly 70% of their project cost when they sell their house. Additionally, wood replacement windows may net you almost 68% of their original price.
- Reduce Noise: If your neighbors, barking dogs, or nearby traffic are stressing you out, it may be time for windows with insulated frames and triple-pane glass.
- Heighten curb appeal: Install new windows in your home to dramatically increase your home’s beauty.
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