Windows are one of the most overlooked parts of a building. When they need to be replaced, it is often due to deterioration or neglect. Below are six signs that may indicate your windows should be replaced.
Cracked or broken windows
One of the most obvious signs that it is time to replace your windows is when they are cracked or broken. This is true for both single hung or double hung window types. However, this does not necessarily mean you need a completely new frame installed. Rather, you may only need to have a new pane of glass installed. If you have window panes that are made from a gas-filled space, such as argon or krypton, then replacing the entire frame may be necessary if there is damage to multiple panes of glass.
Windows that don’t open and close properly
Even windows that don’t open and close properly should be replaced because they can pose a safety risk. If you have windows that cannot be opened or closed properly, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with your window installer for replacement. Not only will replacing them make the home more secure but it is also required by law in some areas because of fire safety.
Windows that leak when it rains
Leaky windows can cause moisture to accumulate in your home’s interior, leading to poor indoor air quality, which can then lead to health concerns. This is especially true in the bathroom and kitchen where water may leak into these rooms’ interiors when it rains or snows. If you notice your windows are leaking during a rainstorm, then it may be time for window replacement.
Rotted window frames
If you have suffered from water damage around your window frame that has caused rot on the wooden structure of your home’s exterior, then it may be high time for you to replace your windows. When the water around the exterior of a home sits for extended periods or occurs frequently, such as in coastal regions where they are exposed to high humidity and rainfall levels, rot can begin to take over wood-based structures that include windows. It’s important not to ignore damage like this because it can cause serious structural damage to your home’s exterior.
Floppy and drafty windows
Another sign that your windows need replacement is when they become floppy or drafty. If you notice this, then it is time to schedule an appointment with your window installer for a comprehensive review of the windows to determine if they can be repaired, replaced, or upgraded. If they can still be repaired, then the window installer may be able to seal them with insulation material to make them more energy-efficient. If the windows are old, beyond repair, or wood-based, then it is time for a replacement.
If you have noticed that the glass panes on your windows are yellowed or have brown spots, then it is time for replacement because this usually occurs due to sun damage over extended periods. This type of damage cannot be reversed and should not be ignored because it can cause the glass to crack and break in severe cases. As much as possible, you should avoid direct sunlight from hitting your windows because it can cause sun damage. In this case, you can opt for relevant window treatments that can help.
Wind whistling around windows
If you notice that there is a draft coming from your window frames, then it is time for a replacement if they cannot be sealed or repaired. Sometimes, when sealant has worn away due to age and wears on the window frame, such as the metal tracks, then windows may begin to whistle due to air pressure. You should replace your windows if they are whistling because it indicates that there is a lack of insulation and protection from the elements.
Torn window screens
Another sign your windows may be due for replacement is when the screen on one or more of your windows is torn. Torn screens should be repaired as soon as possible because they leave openings for bugs, insects, and other pests in your home. However, when the screens are beyond repair, it’s time to schedule a replacement because torn screens can cause damage to a window’s structure as well.
The condition of your windows can make a big difference in how warm and dry your home is. Cracked or broken window frames, water stains on the inside surface, condensation between panes of glass, and leaking when it rains are all signs that you may need to get a new set of windows for your house. If you don’t take care of it now, then you will face more problems in the future, such as increased heating bills or higher cooling costs because your windows are no longer energy-efficient in terms of providing the right amount of insulation.