There comes a time when things need replacing – and windows are no exception. Even the best quality windows won’t last forever. However, with home improvement projects being costly and time-consuming, it is easy to put off replacement windows until completely necessary. But how do you know when it is time to replace them? The following 7 signs are strong indications that you need new windows.
1. WINDOWS ARE WORN OUT
Signs of rot or warping on your windows not only make your home look less appealing, but they also mean your windowpanes are less secure and therefore less effective. If your window frames are soft to the touch and chipped, it is likely that they are already beyond repair. Soft window frames indicate rot and water infiltration. It’s possible that they will start sagging if they haven’t already. Once rot has set into the wood, it can be pretty hard to halt the decay and keep on top of it. If your frames can’t be repaired with a wipe down and some paint, replacing them altogether could save you from drafty, damaged windows a little later down the line.
2. ENERGY BILLS ARE HIGH
Old or inefficient windows can have a significant impact on your home’s insulation and can lead to high energy bills. The more heat is able to escape your home, the more you will be using your central heating to compensate. You can check this by standing next to your windows and seeing if it feels cooler than the rest of the room. If the glass is cold to touch, then it’s highly likely you’re wasting energy. You should also look for gaps in the frame. Window replacements can save you money on your heating bill – up to £155 a year according to the UK Government.
3. WINDOWS ARE DIFFICULT (OR IMPOSSIBLE) TO OPEN AND CLOSE
This is one definite reason to replace the window, primarily because it could be a vital escape route in the event of an emergency. There are plenty of reasons why the window has become impossible to open. A common one is if it’s been painted shut. It might have saved time on the decorating, but it certainly doesn’t help the functioning of the window! Other causes of a stuck window are a warped frame which can expand and warp in hot weather. Another cause could be that the foundations of your home have shifted, and the window frames no longer fit in the space properly. Also, if your windows do not close properly, you may not be able to lock them, which can impact the safety of your home. In all of these instances, a new window will solve the problem.
4. YOUR HOME ISN’T SOUNDPROOF
If your windows provide little protection from the sounds of the outdoors, they may not be sealed correctly or were poorly made, to begin with. New double- or triple-pane glass windows insulated with Argon gas can decrease outdoor noise, which is especially helpful if you live in a busy neighbourhood or on a busy road.
5. WINDOWS ARE DRAFTY
One of the biggest indicators that it’s time to replace the windows in your home is if they stop performing efficiently and start letting air in. Drafts can often occur when the window doesn’t shut properly. If the locking mechanism is not working any more, this can be the cause. A good test is to run your hands around the window frame – if you feel a draft – it’s a sign that the window is no longer working as it should. The important thing to consider with drafty windows is that your energy bills to heat your home will be higher – up to 25% more in some cases. So not investing in a new window because of the cost is likely to become a false economy in the long run. New windows are also significantly more energy-efficient than old ones so you could end up saving quite a lot of cash.
6. CONDENSATION BUILDING UP
There are a number of things that can cause condensation. The first is when condensation forms on the internal-facing glass in your windows – this happens when warm air from your house settles on the cold surface of your glass windows. This could be remedied with better ventilation and higher-quality windows. The most severe type of condensation is the type that forms between the two panes of glass – it means that your seals have failed, allowing moisture between the glass panes. Once the seals fail, any insulating gas used to make the window energy efficient is now gone. If you have condensation between the panes of double-glazed windows, your windows need replacing.
7. WINDOWS ARE LEAKING
If you have water around your window, chances are the exterior casing has an issue and isn’t protecting your windows as it should. Water leaks can lead to damp spots, rot wooden windows and sills, and cause other issues in your home. These issues usually occur when the seals have gone, or if the window hasn’t been installed properly in the first place. Depending on the type of window, you may be able to replace the casing, or it could be time to replace the existing window.
REPAIR VS REPLACE
Brand new windows are a big investment, so you may be wondering whether the lower cost of repairs is more suitable for you. However, repairs may only prolong the lifespan of old windows another year or so, costing you more in the long term.
For free quotes on quality windows you can simply contact us today and we’ll be happy to find the right solution for your needs.