When the windows of your home are in good condition, then your home is more energy efficient was well as safer. If you are just moving into your home or you are curious if it is time to replace your windows, then check the following tips to see when it is time for window replacement or repair.
You can no longer easily open and close the window. This could mean that the window has shifted or there is some other issue. Either way, the window will need to be taken out and either replaced or repaired.
The window frame has a visual separation from the walls around it. You might see cracking in the paint on the wall next to the window or sagging, warping, or chipping on the window frame itself. These types of issues are especially common for windows that have frames that are made out of wood. Wood frames are some of the oldest types of frames, so it is pretty common to see them in older houses. While they are beautiful and classic, they also require much more work to maintain them then newer versions of windows such as vinyl windows. If you have purchased an older home that was not well taken care of, then chances are that the wood window frames were also not kept up on and they will likely need to be replaced.
Take a good look at the overall appearance of the window. Often just by simply looking at it you can asses the condition of the window and its frame. Are there any water stains
around the window? What about chipping in the frame or in the glass itself? If the frame does not look quite right then there is a chance that it was installed incorrectly. Is there any moisture or fog or mist in the window itself? Condensation means that the seal is broken in the window and it is now letting in water and moisture that it should not be doing. In some cases this can be repaired by a professional, but if the window is already fairly old, it might be more cost effective to replace it.
Another way to asses damaged or old windows is to look at their performance. How effective are they at keeping out the elements like water and wind? Do you notice a significant change in the temperature of the room when you stand near a window? Or perhaps do you feel a draft that is coming from a particular window? The purpose behind the design of modern windows is to allow you the luxury of a view outside your home while still keeping the home operating at a level that makes it energy efficient. If you are losing money every month on your energy bills, then your windows are likely not doing their job and need to be replaced.
If the window is old enough that it is a single pane window, then you will want to invest in a double or triple pane window. You will be amazed at the difference it will make in your home and how much money you will save on your energy bills.