Are you thinking of replacement windows for your home, but you aren’t certain whether you really need to make this investment? Over the years, they can wear out and the only way to deal with the issue is to replace them. Before you make your decision, inspect them for these indications that a replacement is the right decision.
Windows are Difficult to Open or Close
When you have trouble opening or closing your windows properly, it’s time to look at new ones. Older single or double hung styles may have problems with balance (the mechanism that keeps it up when it is open) that cause them to slam shut, which causes a potential hazard. Wood and metal materials can rot or rust, which can lead to problems where they will not operate properly either.
Condensation Inside the Glass
If you have double or triple-paned windows and see fog or condensation inside the glass, you may need to replace either the pane or the entire window. This situation indicates that the seal between the panes of glass has failed, allowing air to condensate on it. When that happens, the insulated glass is no longer creating a barrier to cold air.
Your Home Feels Drafty
When you start noticing cold spots in front of or in the vicinity of any openings, it’s an indication that there is a gap around the frame or the sash that is allowing air to penetrate into your home. You could consider applying weather stripping to these areas, but this is only a temporary fix to the problem. To deal with it appropriately, you will need to consider a replacement.
Energy Bills Have Gone Up
Another sign that it’s time to replace your windows is when you have noticed that your energy bills have gone up. If your furnace is relatively new, your windows may be to blame and should be replaced for more energy-efficient ones. They can help to reduce your energy costs.
If any of these situations sound familiar, we can help you find the right replacement window solution for your needs. Call us at 713-863-9988 or visit our showroom today.