Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Signs it's time to replace your windows

You can barely see out of them

Even if you don’t live next to the beach or down the road from a majestic mountain, you still want to be able to see outside. Condensation, fading, and discoloration call all affect your view in a seriously bad way. Beautiful windows improve the look and value of your home. It’s a big investment—it should look good.

They can’t be opened or closed easily—or they don’t stay open

One of the best ways to lower your energy bill in the spring and summer is by opening your windows. If yours are tough to open or don’t stay open, you’re missing out on enjoying that cool breeze and those sweet savings. Same goes for improperly-closing windows. If they can’t be totally closed, outside air will find its way in. It’s also a safety issue if you’re having to worry about your windows slamming shut on someone, or whether a burglar will be able to waltz in while you’re away.

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Expensive energy bills

Noticed that your energy bill is getting higher, or that your bill is a lot higher than your neighbor’s bill? It could be because your old windows aren’t doing a good job keeping outside air from coming in, making your HVAC system work harder than it needs to.

They’re rotting

This is an easy one: If your wooden windows are rotting, it’s time for them to be replaced, preferably as soon as possible. Wood rot not only looks bad, it can keep your windows from opening and closing properly. It can also make your air conditioner and heater work overtime if there are gaps or cracks that let outside air in.

Outdated design

One of the fastest and biggest ways to instantly update your home is with window replacement. If the design of your current windows doesn’t really complement the rest of your home, or if they just plain look like a bad 70s artifact, putting in new windows can make a huge difference both aesthetically—and with your carbon footprint if you go with energy-efficient windows. A lower energy bill and improved curb appeal are two things new windows can bring to your home.

You can’t sleep through the night

Street noise and loud neighbors can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, or just from being able to relax comfortably in your own home. If your current windows dampen sound about as well as Saran Wrap, replace your single-pane windows—their improved design means they’re better at reducing noise from the outside.

Critters are using your windows as their own private entrance to your home

Broken or misaligned windows can leave gaps big enough for mice, rats, and who-knows-what-else to fit through and make your house their home.

1 Response

  1. Lillian Schaeffer

    This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that rising energy bills can be because of your windows. Mine are getting pretty old, and I think they might be outdated because my energy bills are quite a bit higher than they were this time of year last year. I’ll definitely look into having my windows replaced with newer, more energy-efficient ones. Thanks for the great post!

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