Good windows offer aesthetic appeal, keep the weather at bay, and also help reduce your energy bills. However, if there are issues with your windows, most, if not all of these qualities begin to fail. From leaks and moisture damage to security risks and plain old ugly windows, it’s important to know when it’s time to consider new windows. Here are our five tell-tale signs your windows are in need of replacement.
1. Noticeable noise
Well made and properly installed windows are designed to keep noise out. If you seem to be noticing every little sound outside, this could be a sign your windows are getting old. Older windows begin to lose the seals that help keep noise out. Depending on when the windows were installed, they could also be poorly made, especially when compared to current advancements in window technology.
New windows are designed to lessen the noise of traffic, loud music from neighbours, and anything else that is going on around you. We recommend 100 percent lead-free uPVC double and triple-glazed windows as they are designed to keep sound out and decrease the loud noises of traffic. This is especially important if you are located near a highway or on a busy road. It can also help if you are unfortunate enough to have noisy neighbours!
2. Drafts and cold
If you are finding certain rooms or areas of your home are becoming drafty, this is a clear sign your windows are no longer sealed properly. They could be old, low quality, or even installed improperly. Windows, walls, and your roof are your points of protection against the elements. If your windows are older, they won’t have the modern features that are designed to keep your home energy efficient.
By installing ENERGY STAR® windows, you can see a reduction of your energy bill by as much as 10-25 percent. These savings can be put towards the expense of installing new windows. Drafty windows not only keep your home cold in the winter but will also affect the efficiency of your air conditioner in the summer.
Condensation can appear as drips, fog, and frost on your window panes. When condensation appears on your windows, there can be several issues including unsound window frames, damaged window seals, or even cracks in the glass. Once this happens, you should be worried, as any signs of moisture not only shows your windows are old or damaged, but can also lead to issues such as mold, mildew, and even wood rot.
Insulating gas is used on newer windows, which keeps your windows energy efficient. If your windows do (or did) have insulating gas and you have condensation, that means your gas has leaked and your windows are no longer energy efficient. This can also add to draft issues as well as allowing heat (and cooling) to leak from your home.
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4. Damaged window frames
If you can see signs of damage around your window frames such as chips or stains from water damage, that indicates your windows are leaking somewhere. Again, moisture can cause several issues and when it comes to your window frames that can include rot which can cause your windows to sag.
5. Functional issues
Having trouble opening and closing your windows or issues securing the lock can indicate a few problems. First, it is common for windows that were not installed properly to be slightly off balance, causing issues with opening and closing. Installation issues often mean that your windows are not performing as well as they should, which means they aren’t energy efficient.
It can also just mean your windows are old and the working parts have become rusty or stiff. Regardless of the reason, poorly functioning windows are not only frustrating but can also be difficult to close properly, leading to potential leaks. Keep in mind issues with locking can be a security issue especially for windows on the main floor and basement.
The Importance of Window Replacement
If you have been living with these issues for a while, you are probably seeing a higher energy bill than people with newer, energy efficient windows. As well, windows that can’t be opened can interfere with getting fresh air circulating throughout the house when weather allows. Combine these issues with the fact that old windows can also be causing moisture damage, and broken locks are a potential security risk, it really is in your best interest to consider replacement windows.
The Benefits of Window Replacement
We’ve already covered many of the benefits of window replacement, but here is a quick recap with a few more points to consider:
- Potential energy savings as much as 10 to 25 percent
- Better security for your home with advanced locking systems
- Easier functionality makes it easier to open and clean your windows
- Improved curb appeal for your home with new styles and colours
- Block UV rays from your interior protecting your upholstered furniture from fading
- Reduced noise from traffic and neighbours
- Increased value of your home by as much as $8,000
The Best Windows for Installation
There are many factors and features you will want for your new windows to make sure you get the best ROI on your investment. The most important aspect is to look for ENERGY STAR® windows so you see a decrease in your energy bills. This will help offset the costs of investing in your new windows.
Another thing we recommend is to choose vinyl replacement windows as they are virtually maintenance-free, which means they never have to be sanded or repainted. With lower maintenance, your windows will continue to look better, improving your curb appeal. Vinyl is very durable and also comes in a number of colours and designs. They are also soundproof, helping to reduce the noise of traffic and other sounds from the neighbourhood.
Vinyl windows offer more value as not only is the price ticket affordable, but they also last longer, are more durable and will help reduce those energy bills.
For more information, please call NorthTech Windows and Doors at 587-408-3181 or contact us here.