When it comes to windows, it isn’t always obvious when they need to be replaced. In fact, if the issue isn’t obvious, you might be more tempted to put it out of your mind instead of committing to the time, energy and money needed to replace them.
While older windows might look good and still seem to function properly, looks can be deceiving. It's important to know about the different warning signs, as the long term costs and potential hassles involved with ignoring faulty windows can cause far more headaches than committing to a window replacement when the time is right.
Plus, when you install newer, stylish, energy efficient windows, you’re investing in the future. Your house can become more efficient, you can save big on your utility bills, and you're refreshing the look and feel of your home, which can pay off big time when it comes to resale value.
To help you understand whether your windows are still working as they should or if they’re beyond their prime, we spoke to Magic, a leading window a door company based in Woodbridge, to identify four signs it’s time to replace your windows.
1. Drafts are coming in through the windows
Can you hear whistling sounds coming through your windows or feel air coming in near the window frames? That’s a telltale sign that your windows have draft issues and an immediate red flag that should tell you it’s time to look into a replacement. Drafty windows are certainly more noticeable in winter, so you probably just experienced this over the past few months.
If you’re tired of putting up plastic sheets to seal your windows each year or paying to run your furnace harder than it needs to, it might be time to upgrade your windows.
2. Your window hardware is stripped, loose, or damaged
Over time, crank systems, locks, and latches can break down, strip, or fail completely from being over or under used, or from the weight of the older windows. As your windows age, it's very important to test these mechanical features regularly to ensure everything works as it should. Is the window getting stuck or strained during an open and close cycle? Are there visible signs of rust, wear and tear or decomposition? If so, this is a clear sign your windows are not giving your home the performance it needs.