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.