3 Good Reasons to Replace Your Windows
The windows in your home have a variety of functions. Not only do they allow you to see what is outside, but they also let in natural light, which can help to reduce energy costs. Along with these simple functions, opening up a window can help ventilate your home by allowing fresh air inside.
Because windows are so important, you should know when they need to be replaced. If windows are of high quality, they should last between 15 and 20 years. If, however, you notice any of the following issues, you might want to consider replacing your windows.
1. Your Windows Are Damaged in Any Way
If you want your windows to work as efficiently as possible, you will need to take good care of them. If you clean your windows or even open or close them, and you notice they have been physically damaged in any way, you may want to get them replaced.
While some window damage can simply be repaired, the entire window needs replacing if you notice any of the following defects:
The vertical divider is split or rotting.
You can’t move the upper or lower sash.
The exterior casing is cracked, loose, or missing.
Water has leaked through the window.
Not only is a damaged window unsightly, it will also cause a reduction in energy efficiency. Also, depending on the type of damage, windows might no longer be able to open and close.
2. Your Windows Let Drafts In
If your windows are not sealed well, they could let drafts inside, which, in turn, can increase your costs to heat or cool your home. Sometimes, if you feel a draft coming in from somewhere, it can be hard to detect where exactly it’s coming in from.
One way to find an air leak is to see if any gaps are between the window and the siding on your home. If you find a gap, it could mean that the caulking no longer functions as it should.
A few more ways to find air leaks are to use an infrared thermometer or to call a professional energy auditor who can determine how airtight your home is and find places that let in drafts.
You can try to fix drafty windows with window caulking, weatherstripping, or layered curtains or draft snakes. If none of these things work, you should likely get new windows.
3. Your Windows Make Your Home Look Outdated
If you have just made some major updates to the interior or exterior of your home and want to improve the look of it, do not forget about the windows. If you leave old windows in a newly remodeled home, they can make your entire house look outdated. Even if you just remodeled one room in your home, you should consider replacing the windows in that particular room.
If you want some ideas on what types of windows to install in your newly remodeled home or a particular room in your home, discover some different styles of windows and the advantages of each:
Picture windows — A simple and cost-effective window that gives an unobstructed view
Bay windows — A window that allows a panoramic view and lets in plenty of natural light
Vertical sliding windows — An easy-to-operate window with little maintenance required
Windows come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which makes it easy to find the perfect window to complement the look of your newly remodeled room or your entire home.
If you need to replace any of the windows in your home, contact Central Glass Company today to see how we can help.