How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Windows

Your home or business are places that you spend a lot of time in. So, ensuring you have a comfortable space to live and work in is important. Windows play a big part in that. So, how do you know when it’s time to replace your windows? Here are some telltale signs that it’s time.

Draftiness:
If your windows are closed tightly, you shouldn’t feel a breeze coming through them. The only time you should feel a draft coming from your window, is if it’s open! If you are noticing that the windows around your home or office are drafty, chances are, you’re going to see a skyrocket in your energy bills. That’s because the heating and cooling system will need to work much harder than normal to regulate the temperature. If it’s doing that regularly, you’ll see the impact on your energy bill.

So, check around the window’s inner and outer edges to ensure that the seal or weatherstripping is intact. If it is, and you’re still feeling a draft, it might be time to replace your windows with new, energy efficient ones.

Mechanical Trouble:
Do you have windows that you have to wrestle with to open? Maybe they simply don’t open at all. Stubborn windows that won’t open or close all the way prevent you from enjoying the fresh air! Check to see if there is build-up in the tracks or rails of the windows. Perhaps you’re noticing defects or damage to the actual mechanical components of the window. If lubricating the rollers, springs, or hinges doesn’t fix the situation, chances are, you’ll need some professional assistance to get the window replaced.

Condensation:
Condensation on the windows usually happens then the air on one side of the window is cooler than the other side. This condensation is not only annoying, but that excess moisture could be a breeding ground for mold. Check to make sure the window seals are not broken, or that the window is installed correctly.

Window frame issues:
Does your window sag, warp, or have cracks in it? If you ignore issues like this with the window, you could open the area up for further damages, including moisture build up or dry rot. A full replacement is best in scenarios where there is significant damage.

Perhaps your windows need an aesthetic update because they are so old and out of date. If you own a historic property, for instance, the windows there may be very old and not energy efficient. We can help with that too! We make sure your window replacements match your style preferences in addition to the building’s character.

Now is the time to act on your window replacement project! We will work with your budget so you can find the perfect windows! Contact our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors today for a free estimate!