Five Signs That Your Home Needs Replacement Windows
And Why Waiting Could Cost You More Money
Windows are one of those home features that you never think about until you have to, and then it’s no fun at all. You’re faced with a sudden and unplanned repair bill at what always feels like the worst possible time. But, had you been paying attention, you could be almost a year into easy payments for replacement windows that slipped into your budget without a hitch. So, we’ve gathered for you the five most important signs that it’s time to replace those old windows with new ones.
Sign #1: Rising Energy Bills
Your windows are responsible for nearly half the heat loss in your home, be that heat leaving in the winter or hot air moving in during the summer. If your energy bills have taken a jump in the last year, the chances are good that your windows are to blame.
Modern double-pane windows have an efficiency rating against heat loss of 90%, which jumps to 97% for triple-pane replacement windows. Those ratings come from more than just superior glass technology. There is also a lot more insulation in modern window systems, and they are better designed now to prevent temperature transfer through the framing materials.
Sign #2: Sticky Windows
It seems everyone has that one window that you don’t even bother trying to open. It’s been stuck for years, and there’s nothing you can do. Unfortunately, stuck windows are an indication of swelling, and swelling doesn’t happen without moisture.
If you have a stuck or difficult to open window, your issues are much more serious than whether or not you can get that window to move. For all that time you’ve been living with that stuck window, moisture has been seeping into your walls and wreaking havoc. You should never just live with a poorly functioning window.
Sign #3: Noisy Neighborhoods
Maybe the neighborhood is getting louder, maybe your window frames are breaking down, or maybe you’re just getting less forgiving? All you know is that the noise coming through your closed windows is driving you wild.
The double-paned windows available today can cut noise down by up to 20% or more. That’s a level of peace and quiet that you just can’t get out of your old windows.
Sign #4: Condensation
Moisture is not supposed to get through a closed window. Period. It especially shouldn’t be showing up between the panes or on the interior glass or frame. When condensation shows up between the glass panes or on the interior side of your window, you’ve got a problem.
The most likely culprit is worn-out seals within the window system, but it can also happen from old, poorly installed insulation around the window. But once you’ve reached enough temperature bleed-through to cause condensation on the inside areas of your window, then that window is working against your HVAC system and is little better than an open hope in your wall.
Sign #5: Peeling Paint Or Decaying Wood
Most window systems hold paint quite well and don’t need any more maintenance than does your siding. But as windows age, temperature extremes and moisture can work their way into your window frames and start breaking the bond that keeps your paint in place.
These changes will show as peeling or bubbling areas of paint around your window glass. The same is true of wooden frames, except the wood will show signs of rot instead. Once this process begins, it is difficult to stop, especially in wood windows, and requires expensive refurbishing efforts to turn back the clock.
Today’s replacement windows are far superior to the windows sold even 20 years ago. Materials science has been going through a revolutionary phase, and the window industry hasn’t been idle. Almost every portion of modern window systems is vastly improved over earlier versions.
Replacement windows are also much easier to operate, with well-designed track systems that you’d have to damage on purpose to get them to stick. Several features are available, such as internal blinds and windows that can integrate with your security system. The number of choices now available is nothing short of amazing.
One of the best parts of replacement windows is that you can finance them over time. That way, you just have to deal with one easy monthly bill that you have budgeted for instead of some crazy emergency expense when the temps are dropping to single digits, and your window won’t close.
If you think it’s time to replace the windows on your Chicagoland area home, contact us at Krumwiede Home Pros for a free quote.