If we’re going to be honest with ourselves, windows are probably one of those aspects of your home that you don’t pay much attention to, aside from the occasional washing or staring into your garden. It seems unusual that we take these important components of our living spaces for granted, and are unaware of how faulty windows can actually cost us time and money. You might never have given a thought to replacing or restoring your windows, but here are 5 tell-tale signs that you probably should.
1. Damaged Trim
Older windows, particularly those made out of wood, are prone to rotting, cracking and warping from water damage over time. Cracked or rotting window trims lead to mold growth and peeling paint is a sign of overexposure to the elements. If your window trims are looking a little worse for wear, it’s probably time to replace your windows.
If all the windows in your home are closed, but you still feel a draft – your windows aren’t doing their job. Odds are that the seal has been damaged or broken, and moisture leaking into your home can cause cracked trims, mold, and even damage to your furniture and carpets. A simple way to test for a draft is to do the candle test. Just hold a burning candle up to a closed window and if the flame flickers out, you need new windows.
3. Lack of Insulation
Pay attention to the temperature of your windows during the season’s change. If your windows are very cold in the winter and warm in the summer, that means the insulation is not up to par. When your windows aren’t properly insulated, it will put pressure on your home’s HVAC system. This leads to higher heating and cooling costs, and almost literally throwing money out the window. By purchasing new windows, you can actually cut costs in the long term. Especially with today’s energy efficient window options.
Most windows are double pane or triple pane and the panes are designed to keep moisture out. However, when windows frost or ice over in the winter, it is a sign that condensation has built up inside the pane. This leads to cloudiness. Cloudiness impairs visibility and can make your home look unkempt, even if it isn’t. Window restoration would help in this situation, but isn’t always the most cost effective option. If you are going to pay nearly as much to repair your windows as it would be to replace them with more cost efficient ones, then the choice is clear.
5. Sticky or Stubborn Windows.
Windows that are difficult to open or close, or can’t stay open without some sort of prop, are not only inconvenient, they’re also inefficient and unsafe. Sticky or stubborn windows are often a sign of a house settling or the pressure on the window changing. Either way, the windows will no longer fit perfectly and won’t be functioning as they should be, so they’ll need to be replaced.
If you think your windows might be in need of an update, don’t hesitate to call an expert. At Windows Only, we’d be happy to help you determine what your needs are and come up with a solution that suits both your home and your budget. We have many online pricing options so you can get a quote without ever having to leave your home.