Oftentimes, upon closer inspection, it is fairly easy to decide if you need replacement windows. Unfortunately most homeowners don’t realize there is a problem with their window, or how much it is costing them. Like anything else, windows have a life span and knowing what conditions to look for can help you determine when that life span has ended and window replacement has become necessary. It’s crucial that any window showing the following problems be replaced in order to efficiently insulate your home from the elements and save you money on energy costs.
There are several signs that a window is in need of replacing: When it’s windy the panes may rattle or you might feel a draft coming through. Your double pane windows might have started to accumulate condensation on the glass. While inspecting the window you may find that the weather stripping has tears, or missing pieces, that are preventing a proper seal. Some conditions are very noticeable such as large gaps around the window frame or cracks in the actual glass. Homeowners with wood windows could find that they’ve begun to rot, warp or become infested with termites. There are also instances in which problems with the window’s operation will require you to replace them.
Testing a window’s functionality is another way to determine if replacement windows are necessary. Many windows have weighted ropes as part of the sliding mechanism and they can break. If you can’t easily slide the window up and down without struggling or the window feels loose while opening and closing, it’s time to replace the window. Something that shouldn’t be overlooked is checking the locks on the window and ensuring that it can’t be opened when the locks are engaged. You should also check that a tight seal is formed while the window is locked.
A quick inspection is usually all it takes to determine if it’s time to get replacement windows. If you have a window that is broken, damaged, or one that’s showing signs of excessive wear, you should replace it immediately. By having properly functioning windows, your home will be better insulated and your heating and cooling systems will operate much more efficiently. Installing replacement windows is a home improvement investment that pays for itself in the long run by saving you money on energy costs. Inspect your home’s windows today and decide if it’s time to replace them.