You may not think about your windows until you notice a smudge or a crack. However, as your windows age, they can become less efficient about controlling the way heat, moisture, and noise interact with your home’s interior.
At a certain point, it’s a better investment to replace your windows than to repair or revamp them. In this blog, we list eight signs that can help you identify if your windows have reached that point.
1. Condensation or Frost Between Panes
One of your windows’ most important purposes is to keep moisture out of your home. When a seal breaks, you may begin to see moisture between window panes. This moisture may look like condensation, frost, or a white film. The white residue comes from calcium deposits left on the glass.
The affected windows must be replaced to restore your home’s moisture barrier.
2. Difficulty Opening or Closing the Window
As windows age, the frame may expand, contract, crack, or warp. When these alterations occur, you may first notice them as resistance when you attempt to open or close the window.
Windows that are difficult to operate can be more than just a hassle. They can also be a safety hazard since they might impede an emergency exit.
3. Drafts Near the Window
If you notice dramatic temperature changes or breezes near a particular window, there’s likely an issue with the seal or frame. You can try to get rid of the draft using weatherstripping or caulk. If these measures fail, however, the window should be replaced.
Upgrading a drafty window can make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy bills.
4. Frame Damage
Some frame damage may be visible. Usually, this damage comes in the form of cracks or splintering. Your window frames can also develop rot and other forms of corrosion.
Weakened frames do not function properly, and they can increase the risk of pane breakage. Typically, you must replace a window to correct frame damage of this type.
5. High Levels of Ambient Noise
When a window’s seal or insulation becomes inadequate, one of the first noticeable signs is an increase in ambient noise. You may begin to hear conversations as your neighbors walk by or feel irritated by the sound of overhead planes.
Replacing your current windows with better insulated models can help keep your home peaceful and quiet.
6. Hot or Cold Glass That Matches Outdoor Conditions
Functional windows allow only a small amount of heat transfer through the glass. This characteristic is how your windows help keep your home cool in the summertime and warm in the winter.
If you touch your window glass and feel the same temperature as the outdoors, your window no longer has enough insulation.
7. Increase in Your Heating and Cooling Bills
When your windows allow more heat transfer, your heating and cooling systems have to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. Compare your bills from this year to the last year if possible.
A sudden increase in costs could be due to your windows.
8. Window Pane Damage
One of the most obvious signs that you need to upgrade your windows is damage to the panes. Cracked or chipped panes pose safety hazards, while discolored panes can obscure your view and decrease your home’s value.
If you notice any combination of the signs listed above, consider window replacement.
Still not sure if you need window replacement? Talk to the expert team at Glasshopper Schor Glass. In addition to full window replacements, we can perform pane replacement for windows that still have strong, working frames. Let us help you determine your next best step.