Homeownership is something that carries with it a lot of pride, but it also carries with it a lot of expenses. Yes, there is the mortgage, but that can feel like just the tip of the iceberg when you own your own home. Renovations and repairs are pretty much an on-going project for the majority of homeowners. These projects not only improve the look and functionality of the home, but they can help to make the home more energy efficient, depending on the project.
Just like with most things in your home, windows don’t last forever and eventually you’ll find they will need to be replaced. Replacing old windows can help from an energy-efficiency point of view, and will also help the house to look more modern and cared-for. Of course, knowing when to replace your windows is key. You don’t want to jump the gun too early, but at the same time you don’t want to wait until they get so bad that your home has a nasty draft.
Here are some tell-tale signs that it’s time to look into window replacement.
Windows Are Damaged
One of the most obvious signs is if a window is damaged. This could mean that the window is cracked or broken, or even warped. Damaged windows may be hard to open and close, may be drafty, or even fog up. Unfortunately, damage can happen at any time, so age has nothing to do with it.
You Are Renovating a Historic or Period Home
If you live in an old home, 50 years or older, and you’re doing some major renovations then it’s a good idea to look into replacing the windows. Not only have times changed in terms of the materials they use for the windows and the frames, but the current windows may not work with the historic feel of the home. Nowadays you can have custom windows made that work with period homes yet use all of today’s latest technology.
Your Energy Bills Are Extremely High
When your home isn’t energy efficient, your monthly bill will obviously reflect it. While there are all kinds of things you can do to save on energy, new windows can offer the best results. You may be losing cold and hot air through your windows, the frame, and the seal especially if your windows are just single-pane glass. Windows can cause a 25% energy loss in a home.
In order to be sure your windows are to blame you can have a professional energy audit done on your house. This report will identify everything in your home that isn’t energy efficient, not just your windows.
Your Windows Are Old
In general, most of today’s vinyl windows have a lifespan of 20 to 40 years. However, that’s not to say they won’t need replacing or at least repairs before that 20 year mark.
If any of these signs ring true for your windows then it may be time to consider replacement. At the very least you can speak to an expert and have them take a look.