Your windows may not have smart-technology, but they do talk to you and tell you when they are getting old. Well-maintained windows last about 20 years or more, depending on different factors. If you live off the coast, your windows might age quicker than they would if you were inland. Here are five signs you can look for to know if your windows might need replacing.
- You think you are losing money because of drafty windows.
Your utility bills can be 10 to 25 percent higher than they should be when you have drafty windows.
- Your windows are broken or damaged.
Windows need to have new weatherstripping or hardware repairs over time, but when you can’t open the windows, or they fog up, you may need to replace them.
- You see condensation on the windows.
When condensation appears between the two panes of your windows, it’s a sure sign that the window’s seals have failed and need to be replaced. Not all condensation is a sign of failing windows, though. You may want to talk to your builder to address the problem.
- You hear a lot of outside noise.
Efficient windows cancel out a lot of noise that occurs outside your home. If you stand by a window and hear cars driving by, your windows may not be as efficient as they once were.
- You see wood decaying around the windows.
When the window frames begin to rot or decay, it’s a good sign you need an upgrade. The moisture that the wood frames are exposed to causes the frame to warp. This makes it difficult to open and close the windows.
Repairing old windows can solve a problem, but it may not fix THE PROBLEM. Sometimes, small things are simply symptoms of a bigger issue. Replacing your windows offers savings on utility bills, protecting the value of your home and improving its looks.