How do I know?
Is your house talking to you? There are many ways windows can communicate that it is time to go. We understand it can be difficult to let them persuade you to make the investment in new ones or take on the renovation project. However, if you are having the following issues you would be surprised how beneficial new windows are. Improved comfort, reduced energy bills, added value to your home and improving your family’s quality of life through better ventilation and more access to natural light are just some of the perks that come with new windows.
Here are some signs you should consider new windows…
It is Drafty
If you are feeling a draft when the window is closed it is a sure sign your windows have issues. Causes can be many but some include poor installation, faulty seals, inability to close properly and broken locking mechanisms. These small crevices into your home can drastically change your indoor temperature. This will throw your HVAC system needlessly into potentially harmful overdrive. The resulting heating and or cooling costs may be costing you a fortune. Consider putting an end to this needless waste.
New windows reduce sound transfer so you are not bringing outside noises in. They can drastically improve your quality of life especially if you live near a busy street. If you are finding your windows are not providing this acoustic insulation your windows made be old, poorly made or incorrectly sealed. Now windows are double or triple paned and insulated using Argon or Krypton gas ensuring peace and quiet.
Another sign you may need new windows is when you have stubborn windows that don't want to open or close. Aside from annoying you when you try to use them, there are safety issues that are a bigger concern. Unlocked windows provide an easy entryway for intruders. An unopened window in the case of fire won't allow you to exit your dwelling. Stuck windows may be caused by balance issues from foundation shifts, warped uPVC, rusting or rotting. A new window would solve all these problems.
Water is a sure sign of big problems. Once you have water issues one of the most cost-effective solutions is to install new windows. Waiting can result in the even greater costs of long-term multi-faceted water damage. Moisture and condensation bring many complications. First of all moisture between the panes means you can't see out. That is a primary window function and it doesn't wipe away. Condensation can be wiped away but over time almost always leads to mold. Cracked glass leads to air and water seepage. Also, cracks result in losing all your windows insulation properties. Pools of water...well something just needs to be done.
Warped, chipped, soft or water damaged window frames are likely beyond repair.
Think about curb appeal.
New windows will always save you money especially if your windows are one paned.
Single Pane Windows
Single-paned windows are especially vulnerable to water but are even more vulnerable to outdoor temperatures. Modern windows are two to three-paned. The space between the panes is filled it gasses that give the window insulating properties. This insulation has a huge impact on the effectiveness of your heating and cooling system in your house. Single-paned windows may be making your current home climate uncomfortable. The change to new windows will reduce your energy bills in a dramatic way.
The more heat that escapes your home the higher your energy bill will be. The same can be said of using air conditioning. If it is cooler when you stand next to your window than in the rest of your room you are paying for your warmth to go out that window. If the glass is cold to touch you are leaking heat. However, also check the frame. Older often single-paned windows are especially costly. New windows are always an efficient way to save you money on your energy bills.