How Do You Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Windows?
Do you know the last time your windows were replaced? If not, you’re not alone. Many homeowners don’t know how old their home’s windows are; after all, it doesn’t often come up when purchasing a home, so the first time you give thought to your windows might be when you decide to replace them. If you’re starting to think about a window replacement project for your home, you may be asking yourself questions such as: How long do windows last? How do you know when to replace your windows? How do you choose new replacement windows you’ll love?
Renewal by Andersen of Greater Wisconsin is here to help. We’ve rounded up a few of the most important things to keep an eye out for when it comes to your windows. Here’s our list of the top signs you need new windows:
Damage to your windows is one of the most obvious telltale signs that they need replacing. If your window frames are cracked or rotted, they may have sustained moisture damage. To avoid this happening again in the future, it’s best to replace them with windows made of a durable material—like our proprietary Fibrex®, for instance.
Damaged glass often warrants a window replacement, as well. You may think that a small crack can’t do any harm, but even the smallest of cracks has the potential to release the thermal gas fills in between panes, which will drastically reduce your window’s energy efficiency.
They’re No Longer Energy Efficient
Speaking of energy efficiency, is it colder near the window than it is in the rest of your home? Do you sometimes feel a draft as you walk by your windows? Maybe you’ve noticed condensation or frost buildup in between panes or that the glass is hot or cool to the touch. Additionally, you might have come to the unsettling realization that your windows no longer block noise as efficiently as they once did.
All of these are signs that your windows’ energy-efficient properties are losing their efficacy. Energy-efficient windows feature a number of technologies to reduce thermal transfer in your home—such as gas fills, weatherstripping, and multiple glass panes. If these begin to wear out or your window sustains damage, your home’s thermal efficiency could be compromised.
They No Longer Function Properly
If your windows have become difficult to open, close, lock, and unlock, it’s a sign that it’s time to replace them. You should be able to open your windows easily to enjoy the weather on a beautiful, breezy day, and dysfunctional windows can rob you of that joy. Besides adding frustration to your daily life, dysfunctional windows could compromise your home’s security, as well. Additionally, if you notice that your windows come out of their track, that’s another sign they’re not functioning as they should and need to be replaced.
RBA of Greater Wisconsin Can Help
Now that you’ve read up on how to tell if you need new windows, take a look at the windows at your Wisconsin home. Do they exhibit any of the signs above? Are you tired of their lackluster appearance or their frustrating functionality? If so, turn to Renewal by Andersen of Greater Wisconsin. We offer top-tier windows crafted for superb energy efficiency and long-lasting durability, and you can rely on us for expert installation. Contact us today to learn more!