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How Do I Know If My Windows Need Replacing?

Home improvements are part of every homeowner’s to-do list; they come with the title! The real task involves prioritizing that list of responsibilities. Which home improvements need immediate attention and which can wait? Organizing this debate requires a healthy understanding of home features as well as an observant eye. If your observation skills could use a tune-up, you’ve come to the right place! Here, we’ll analyze the warning signs that could indicate the need for a home improvement—paying particular attention to windows.

Watch for These Window Warnings

windows that need to be replacedThe vast majority of homeowners have no idea how dated their windows are, especially if they’ve recently moved into a pre-owned home. At a glance, they may look fully operational. However, they may also be housing hidden issues that could lead to bigger problems down the road. Spotting these warning signs is your best bet when it comes to weighing the need for replacements. Here’s a list of window warnings to familiarize yourself with. If you notice any of them on your home windows, it may be time to consider replacing your windows.

Condensation & Moisture Buildup

Window condensation occurs when different indoor and outdoor temperatures collide against the thin wall of single-pane glass. If this occurrence is constant, you should consider investing in new, double-pane windows. If you already have double-pane windows and you’ve noticed moisture buildup between the panes of glass, it could be a sign of poor or cracked window sealants.

Poor Window Function

One of the many perks of having windows is being able to open them on those rare, perfect days. If opening and closing your windows has become a daily struggle, it could be a sign of age. Improve the security and function of your windows by investing in replacements.

Decayed or Soft Window Frames

Water damage is your home’s archnemesis. For windows, it often rears its ugly head in the form of decayed or softened frames. Not only is this damage unattractive, but it can compromise the function of your windows. This dampness can also give way to mold and mildew growth, potentially affecting your health.

Drafts, Heat Transfer & Heat Loss

If you’ve noticed an ever-increasing energy bill, it could be due to faulty windows. Drafts and heat transfer can create an uncomfortable interior temperature, causing you to crank your heating and cooling system. This extra pressure on your HVAC unit to maintain a steady indoor temperature can result in high energy costs.

In addition to these hidden window woes, visible signs of window damage can do just as much harm. This could be anything from cracks in the glass to missing framework. If you’ve noticed any of these signs of damage to your home’s windows, start looking for replacements—just make sure that you are sourcing from a reliable window company! For homeowners in the Chicago suburbs, the window contractor of choice is Opal Enterprises. We offer a wide variety of beautifully crafted replacement windows from industry-leading manufacturers. Installed by factory-trained experts and designed with the utmost attention to detail, you are sure to benefit from an upgrade that truly meets, and perhaps exceeds, your expectations.

To learn more about our replacement windows and installations, reach out to Opal Enterprises today!

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