At some point, every homeowner is going to have to deal with their homes windows. There is no such thing as a window that lasts forever. Somewhere along the way, something is either going to break, warp or crack! You may be able to get away with just replacing glass for awhile, but at some point you’re going to need to replace a few, if not all of your windows. Replacing windows is a pretty hefty investment. You not only have to take into consideration the price of the windows, but also how much it’s going to cost you to have them properly installed. Below, we are going to go over some of the signs you should look for to make sure it’s time for window replacement.
Even with today’s technology, new windows will allow some sort of draft into your home. However, it should never be enough to where you can feel or notice it. Especially with old wooden windows, over time moisture will cause the windows to tighten up in some places and create gaps in other areas. You may think that applying a weather strip will fix your problem. In most cases, a noticeable draft is caused by more than missing or damaged weather stripping. Although the weather stripping may help the issue for a short time, you will soon be noticing the draft again. The best way to eliminate the drafts entirely would be to just replace your windows.
Trouble Opening Or Shutting Windows
Any company that knows anything about windows will tell you, if you can’t open or close your windows properly, it’s time to get them replaced. This is a big problem with older double or single hung windows. They use a mechanism called a balance. When this balance fails, the window will no longer remain up when opened and can slam shut. This causes a potential hazard and isn’t safe. If you’re experiencing trouble opening or closing your windows, it may be time to look into getting them replaced.
If you notice you have condensation or fog inside the glass of your windows, you might need to replace your glass or the entire window. Usually, when this occurs it means there was a seal failure. When a seal fails, moisture is able to enter the space between the panes of glass and air will condense on the glass. When this happens, it means the insulated glass is no longer doing its job. If you see condensation on your glass, it means cold air is entering your home and you will want to get your windows replaced to solve this issue.
High Energy Bills
Have you noticed that your heating and cooling cost have been high? It may have something to do with your windows. In many cases, it’s actually cheaper to just replace your windows, rather than trying to make your existing ones energy efficient. Purchasing new energy efficient windows will eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling cost. When purchasing new windows, keep a look out for windows that have two panes of glass and have the Energy Star label. These windows meet all the efficiency guidelines set by the DOE (Department of Energy).
After reading this you may be saying to yourself, “I have at least one, if not more of these problems.” More than likely this means you will be in the market for new windows. Here at ASJ, we take pride in making sure our customers are 100% satisfied. We will gladly come take a look at your existing windows. Our construction specialist will be able to tell you if you can repair your windows or not. If not, then we will help you in the process of purchasing new windows and installing them once they arrive. Don’t keep losing money! Do yourself a favor and give us a call so we can help get your warm comfortable home back.