What are the signs it's time to replace windows?

Friday, June 26, 2020

Some signs that it’s time to consider replacing your windows are obvious, while others require taking a closer look. Here’s our list:

•• Windows difficult to open/close - Although this can also be a sign of structural settlement, it is usually due to age.

•• Window locks, springs or operators broken - Damaged springs mean a single-hung window won’t stay open by itself, broken locks and operator handles accumulate with age.

•• Drafts or warm/cold area around windows - Single-pane windows and leaks around the frame and sash can make it uncomfortable near an old winow, especially in winter.

•• Window frames warped or rotted - Wood is susceptible to rot if surface finish deteriorates and vinyl prone to warping as it ages.

•• Haze buildup at double-pane windows - When double-pane windows lose the inert, insulating gas between panes, the glass begins to cloud over. See our article What is causing a foggy haze on my windows? for more on this.

•• Higher energy bills - Leaking, older windows can cause energy bills to creep upward.

    New windows also increase both the curb appeal and interior views, along with the value of your home when it’s time to sell.

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  To learn more about windows, see these other blog posts:

What are the small slots at the bottom of the outside of my window?

How can I tell if a window or glass door is safety glass? 

What is "low-E" window glass? 

Are openable windows required to have window screens? Will windows with no screens pass a home inspection?

What does ANSI 297.1 on glass mean?

Does a home inspector test all the windows and doors in a home? 

How difficult is it to change a window to french doors or a sliding glass door?

 What are the small slots at the bottom of the outside of my window? 

Why does condensation form on the outside of some windows and not others in the morning? 

Why are window security bars dangerous? 

• What is the tempered label on glass at windows and sliding glass doors called?

What is an egress window?

 Why is pressure washing double pane windows an expensive mistake? 

How can I tell if a window or sliding glass door is double or triple pane (insulated) glass?

   Visit our DOORS AND WINDOWS page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles. 

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