Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Keep an eye out for leaks and drafts
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Aug 31, 2022

Because windows are what you look through, many people don’t often think about the windows themselves. However, they play a major role in lighting and cooling a home and, unfortunately, don’t last forever. These are some signs that you should look out for that it may be time to replace your windows.

Sign #1

Your Windows Stick

If it’s difficult to open or close the windows, it may be time to consider replacing them. As windows get older, they may become imbalanced or the frame could shift, preventing the window from opening and closing smoothly.

Sign #2

There Is Condensation on the Window

Condensation on the outside of a window is perfectly normal and to be expected when it’s raining or when it’s particularly humid. However, if there’s condensation on the inside of the window, that’s a sign that the seal on the window isn’t as effective as it once was. The glazing on the windows is supposed to provide a watertight seal that prevents water and moist air from getting in. If this is no longer working, you should think about replacing the windows.

Sign #3

You Feel Cold Drafts Coming in

Your windows may open to the outside but they are also supposed to protect your home from the weather. If you can feel a cold draft coming in through or near your window, then your window isn’t fully doing its job. This could also cost you money because your HVAC system will have to work harder to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer.

Sign #4

Outside Noise Is Audible

Your windows should provide you with some insulation from the noise outside. If you can hear the noise more audibly than you used to and are now bothered by car horns, passers-by, dogs barking, and more, then your windows may need replacing. While some noise may still be normal, there should be a difference between when the window is open and the window is closed.

Sign #5

Your Energy Bills Are High

If your energy bills are higher than normal, this means that your HVAC unit might be working harder than normal to keep your home at the same temperature. Your home might be losing heat or cool air via the windows if the seal around them isn’t tight enough. Warm air could leak out during the winter or in during the summer, raising your HVAC bills.

Sign #6

You See Water Damage Around Your Windows

If you notice visible water damage around your windows, then water is getting into your home through your windows. The windows are meant to protect your home from such leaks and if they’re not doing that any longer, it’s time to replace them. Signs of water damage can include the following:

  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Paint peeling
  • Paint bubbling
  • Wallpaper peeling
  • Wallpaper bubbling
  • Stains
  • Feel spongy when touched

Sign #7

Your Windows Are Old

Windows can last up to 30 years before needing to be replaced. However, even if your windows show no other signs of problems, if they’re reaching the end of their lifespan, consider replacing them proactively. You could prevent costly damage to your home from occurring by preemptively replacing the windows before they have a chance to leak or drive up your energy bills.

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