Years of service can wear out your windows in different ways, though most homeowners prefer to hold onto their old windows for as long as they can. But when you start experiencing serious issues with their efficiency or structural stability, it is a definite indicator that they need to be replaced.
Here are a few indicators that your windows need to be updated:
- You have trouble opening and closing your windows properly
If you are always struggling to open and close your windows, and they don’t even open or close properly, then they must go. For instance, your windows may open or close themselves without your intervention, or leave a space when shut through which drafts and dust can pass through.
- They are warped, damaged, or broken
While some window problems seem like they can be fixed, broken, damaged, or warped windows risk developing recurrent problems, and are best replaced. Furthermore, such window damage can compromise the security of your home, making you prone to thieves and invaders.
- High energy bills
During cold winter months, your windows let in sunlight to warm your interior. But if you have drafty windows, they can increase your energy bills by 10 to 25 per cent. You can achieve huge energy savings in your heating and cooling bills by simply replacing your old windows with new, energy efficient ones.
- Condensation inside the glass
Fog and condensation between the panes of double- or triple-paned windows are an indication of seal failure, allowing moisture to get through. When this happens, it means that the window is no longer performing its intended insulation functions, and must be replaced.
- Need a home makeover
Windows play a big role in enhancing your curb appeal, and if they look worn, your home will also look unattractive. Things like warping window material, fading colours, or old screens not only make your home uninviting, but also lower its true worth when looking to sell. Quality, well designed new windows that match your home’s overall design can boost the longevity of the building, improve daylighting, increase comfort, offer a range of health and aesthetic benefits, and increase the resale value of your home.
It is important to note that very old windows have some hidden dangers, especially since most were produced before shatter proofing technology was available. Plus, the glass tends to drift downwards inside the panes over time, making the higher sections more fragile. This makes old windows vulnerable to lighter impacts than new windows, even when shatter-proofing films are applied, posing a risk to your family and property.
So, use the above pointers to identify when your windows have outlived their use, and replace them as soon as possible.