Spending thousands on new windows may not be high on your list, but it’s one of those aspects of home ownership that does need to be taken seriously. The aesthetic and functional performance of windows makes a big difference to the lifestyle you lead at home, as well as to the market value and buyer appeal of your property.
But is it really time to replace those windows? The average American spends between $3,000 and $10,000 to replace their windows, so it’s not something you want to do unless you know it’s necessary. Let’s take a look at some of the more obvious signs that your windows might need to be replaced.
1. Your windows are visibly damaged and/or aging
There are plenty of window problems that can be addressed with a repair, and it’s good to explore this route first, before you decide to buy new windows. That said, if the frame is obviously damaged or warped, an outright replacement is usually a smarter move in the long run. Repairs won’t truly solve the problem, and the same issues will resurface again.
2. There’s a draft
Drafty windows can wreak havoc on your home’s energy efficiency. If you’ve noticed a draft coming through one or more windows, and the problem hasn’t improved, it’s probably time to consider an outright replacement. There are situations where a window specialist will be able to conduct a meaningful repair to stop a draft, but drafty windows are often the result of aging, incorrect installation, or low quality materials. The best way to rectify this is to invest is a robust modern solution.
3. The windows stick, and/or won’t stay open
If your windows are constantly sticking, or if they won’t stay open, there may be some piecemeal solutions to help the problem. All in all, these malfunctions probably aren’t going away until you get rid of those faulty frames and replace the windows outright. When the windows stick or slide too freely, it means there’s a problem in the shape of the frames. This can also be caused by foundation problems, so you’ll want to consider the health of your home’s foundation before investing in brand new windows – you don’t want the same thing to happen again.
4. The maintenance is too high
Some windows require more maintenance than others – especially aging windows. Homeowners don’t always realize how far windows and window frames have come in recent years, with modern designs and materials like fiberglass with a thicker finish. This virtually eliminates maintenance requirements and gives you windows that don’t dent or peel or crack.
Making the right call on windows
Once you’ve determined that your windows do need to be replaced, the question of who to hire becomes paramount. Unless you have years of experience and expertise in this area, you’re not going to undertake such an important project by yourself. The right window installation specialist will have years of experience and quality advice to offer; and will help you to navigate toward the best solution within your budget.