How to tell if you need new windows

When it comes to figuring out whether or not you need new windows, it’s not quite as cut and dry. When it comes to keeping up on your home, we’re all pretty aware of when things aren’t in the best condition. Roofs look worn out. Appliances begin to fail or not operate the way they used to. Paint fades. 

Well-designed windows play an important role in the overall health of your home; not just from a functional standpoint – but also for its curb appeal and overall value. Here are some of the signs you can look out for that might point to the need for windows in your home. Let’s jump right in.

Higher than normal energy bills

Higher energy bills can be an indicator of many different problems in your home, but they’re sure fire signs that your windows might need to be replaced. On a cooler day, stand next to your windows and touch them. Check the temperature of the window with your hand and if it feels cool, that means that warm air is getting cooled as it reaches your windows. This means, heaters have to work even harder to heat your home. 

There’s also the candle trick – where you can hold a candle near your window. If the candle is flickering or the smoke moves, drafts are traveling through your window. In the cases where the drafts are really bad, you can even see rays of light coming through. 

Both of those will tell you that it’s probably time for new glass. 

Are your windows operational?

Walk around your home and open and close each window. If you need to apply excess pressure – or if they’re painted shut – then it’s probably time to get them replaced. Wooden windows are particularly notorious for this. Opening a window should not be a chore. 

Decaying frames and leaks

One of the most obvious signs that you’ll need to get your windows replaced is rotting or decaying window frames. Especially when it comes to wooden windows, Moisture and damage can cause mold and a whole host of security and health issues. And if you notice any kind of significant rot, then it’s time to get them replaced. 

In addition, you may notice that your windows are leaking. If this is the case, then it’s absolutely time for windows. Why? Because moisture fuels the growth of mold and supercharges rot. The longer you hold off, the worse the damage could become. 

This includes things like condensation. If you’re noticing regular condensation and fog building up in your frames, you’ll need to figure out what you’re dealing with first – as not all forms of condensation are bad. The kind of condensation you need to worry about is in between the two panes of glass. This is an indication that your seals have failed. This is usually the precursor to the kinds of leaks we describe above. 

Windows are an investment that can significantly boost both the comfort and value of your home. They maintain temperature better, add light and save you money. If you’re interested in upgrading your windows, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then, good luck!