7 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Windows
Windows play an essential role in your property. They allow you to look over your property as well as the rest of the scenery your eyes can see. Additionally, windows allow natural light inside your home, which is especially beneficial during the winter.
With the many advantages windows offer, they are also susceptible to wear and tear, prompting replacement in the future. Here are seven signs that indicate it’s time to replace your windows.
1. Degraded Ease of Use
One of the most tell-tale signs of your windows needing replacement is the manual operation becoming more difficult to open. You may notice your window takes a lot of force to open and shut, which is definitely frustrating.
When you spot rust, rot, mold, as well as constant jamming and sticking when opening, you should consider window replacement.
2. Cold Drafts
A window’s primary function is to give you a line of sight outside and let in natural light. However, Minnesota winters are brutally cold, meaning your windows need to stand up against it.
Windows should be adequately insulated for the long winters. So, if you put your hand next to the window sill and feel cool air seeping through, you have a draft problem. You may want to consider window replacement.
3. Unable to Block Noises
Another way to spot a window’s degrading insulation is the outside noise you can hear. If you’re hearing too much outside noise, like passing cars or outdoor voices, your windows are leaking more than you might think.
Not only do audible leaks indicate old or poorly installed windows, this problem can also be frustrating. Hearing outside noises inside your home can ruin your rest and relaxation, so new windows can provide better insulation against the sound of cars and dogs barking.
4. Window Condensation
Have you noticed any condensation forming on your window during particularly cold days? This is a sign your windows glazing has reached the end of its lifespan.
The degraded glazing lets in more cold air and when mixed with the warm air in your home, will condense on the glass. While window condensation isn’t always a problem, it can lead to moisture damage around siding and insulation if it persists.
5. Energy Bills Spiking
If your energy bills are spiking at any point of the year, your windows might play a significant factor in it. Old windows are a sieve for both unwanted outdoor air and controlled indoor air.
For instance, if your air conditioning runs during a hot day, old windows will constantly leak warm air in your home while shifting out the cool air your AC produces. This makes your AC work harder and results in a massive spike in energy bills.
To save money and help the environment, consider replacing your old windows with energy efficient windows.
6. Leaking During Severe Storms
You may notice your windows need replacement during severe weather. While a thunderstorm may puncture your siding or tear shingles from your roof, debris can also damage your windows.
If you have moisture forming on the interior of your window during a storm, you may want to consider a replacement.
7. Outdated Appearance
There are many structural reasons to replace windows. If your windows are posing safety risks or impacting your quality of life, it’s time to get new ones installed. But, you don’t have to wait until your windows have problems to replace them.
Depending on your design style and preferences, you may not love how your home’s windows look. They may be outdated, or perhaps you’d just prefer a different style of windows. Not liking how your windows look is a perfectly good reason to get new ones!
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No matter why you need a window replacement, our contractors are ready to help you find new windows that look great and last for years. When you need window replacement or require other exterior services, you can count on Apple Exteriors.
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