Depending on your needs, replacing your windows can be a difficult financial decision to make. But while the investment may be significant, so are the benefits of replacing your windows.
How do you know if you should replace them?
In this blog, we share a few situations that warrant window replacement. Read on to explore if any of these situations apply to you.
Consider replacing your windows if…
There are three main reasons why you may wish to replace your windows: if you want to lower your energy costs, improve the comfort of your home (especially in colder winter months), or to make your house more aesthetically pleasing.
Here are a few more specific signs that it may be time to replace your windows:
Your windows are difficult to open and shut
If you are struggling to operate your windows or they’re not staying open or closed on their own, it’s probably time to replace them. They won’t be keeping the elements out of your home properly, which will lead to higher energy bills. Moreover, unreliable windows can present a safety risk in the event of a fire or emergency.
Your windows are single pane
Single-pane windows are made with only one layer of glass. This doesn’t provide the same amount of insulation or weather protection as windows made with two or three panes. With more efficient windows, you use less energy and keep more money in your pocket. According to ENERGY STAR, replacing single-pane windows can help you save an average of $101 to $583 annually.
You see condensation or frost on the inside of your windows
Any kind of condensation or frost can obstruct your visibility and reduce the intensity of natural lighting; and deteriorate interior finishes, negatively impact the temperature and ventilation in your home, and even lead to mould.
They’re literally falling apart
Do your window frames feel soft to the touch? Are they discoloured? Is there damage around the windows? If your windows are rotting before your eyes, this is a strong sign they are in need of replacement.
Protect your valuables
If you’re looking to preserve your furniture, artwork and even flooring, energy efficient windows will help. When heat and direct sunlight is let in through old windows, it causes fading and premature aging to elements within your home. Energy-efficient windows like ENERGY STAR often include low-emissivity coatings to reduce UV sun damage to floors, carpets and furniture.
You’d like to improve the overall look of your home
Perhaps your windows are mismatched in terms of colour and framing materials, and you would like a more consistent appearance. Or you want a look that is more true to the home’s original architectural style. You may also be looking to bring more light into your home. New windows can help with all of these goals.
You want to improve your home’s curb appeal
Thinking of selling? Installing new windows helps improve the style and personality of your home’s exterior. You can coordinate trim colours to match your home, making the new glass reflect the beauty inside and out while keeping the hot and cold elements outside of your home.
When can you repair—instead of replace—your windows?
A full window replacement requires removing the entire window, including the frame, and replacing it with a brand new one.
There are a few instances where window repair alone may be sufficient, such as:
- To fix cracked or broken glass
- To repair a certain window part such as to make the crank on a casement window easier to use
- To repair caulking or weather stripping
Invest in the Best (advice and skill)
If you are not sure which route to choose, whether to replace or repair, it always helps to first get the perspective of a windows professional who understands the long-term impact of your decision.
From the moment you first connect with Weaver Exterior Remodeling, you will know that we are different from our competitors. We understand that your home is so much more than an investment: it is your safe haven, your shelter, and your family’s livelihood.
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