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Household windows don’t last forever. The average residential window has a lifespan of just 15-20 years, after which it no longer provides adequate insulation or protection for your home.

At Eastern Roofing & Siding, we know how critical high-quality windows are: they help reduce your energy bills, decrease noise pollution, and add to the value of your home. So how can you tell when it’s time to replace your aging windows? Take a look at the following telltale signs:

1.   Expensive Energy Bills

Have your energy bills steadily risen over time, despite your attempts to curtail your power usage? That may be a sign that your aging windows are leaking air or that they no longer provide adequate insulation. Since your windows are the biggest culprit behind indoor-outdoor heat exchange, they can make indoor temperature regulation a real challenge if they're not in the best condition.

Opting for window repairs may be an option to reduce your energy bill, especially if you’re only dealing with a few leaky frames. But keep in mind that modern, insulated windows provide much better protection from excessive heat exchange. Plus, you can claim a deduction on your taxes if you opt for window replacement with energy-efficient windows.

2. Recurring Drafts

When you stand next to your closed windows, can you feel air leaking inside your house? If so, that’s a sign you’re dealing with damaged seals, which means it’s well past time for window replacements. Drafty windows won’t just raise your energy bills; they can contribute to additional household problems, including:

●          Water damage

●          Insect infestations

●          Window frame deterioration

If your windows are on the newer side and you can feel a draft, they may have been installed incorrectly. If that’s the case, window repairs are typically sufficient rather than replacing the problematic components.

3. Excessive Outdoor Noise

Can you hear every barking dog or passing vehicle outside your house? If you’re not a fan of excessive noise pollution inside your home, one of the best ways to cut down on outside noise is to opt for window replacements with multi-pane glass. Not only do multi-pane windows provide better outside noise reduction, but they also deliver superior insulation, which minimizes indoor-outdoor heat exchange.

4. Faulty Window Operation

Are your windows difficult to operate? Do they jam, stick, or make odd noises when you open or close them? If so, that’s a glaring sign they’re due for window replacements.

When your windows are in good condition, opening or closing them should require minimal effort. Over time, however, windows can develop balance problems, warping, and other normal wear-related problems that result in a complex operation. If you cannot open certain windows because they are painted or swollen shut, for safety’s sake, those need to be replaced too.

5. Frame Decay

You really can’t miss this super obvious sign: If your window frames are decaying, it’s well past time for window replacements. With prolonged exposure to moisture, window frames gradually deteriorate, developing mold, rot, and in some cases, insect problems.

This issue doesn’t just present an eyesore; it can lead to further deterioration that affects the structure of your home. If you ever observe frame decay, address the problem without delay. Prompt window replacement or repair is the best way to prevent ongoing structural deterioration.

6. Excessive Window Condensation

Spotting condensation on your windows on humid or extremely cold days is expected from time to time. However, spotting window condensation in excessive amounts is a problem. Excessive condensation indicates that your window’s glazing is wearing away, making it easier for moisture to seep through the pane. Replacing your old windows with energy-efficient windows allows new glazing to keep the barrier between your interior and outside humidity.

7. Window Leaking

Have you ever spotted a small puddle of water on your window frame during or after a storm? Moisture on your window frame suggests that it’s nearing the end of its effective lifespan. What was once a water-tight frame is now worn down, allowing water to seep in, which will cause further damage to your drywall and other parts of your interior.

Need Window Replacement or Repair? Contact Eastern Roofing & Siding

Are your windows past their prime? Do they require repairs? Then it’s time to get in touch with our team at Eastern Roofing & Siding. We specialize in window replacements and repairs, roofing, storm damage repairs, and siding installation for homeowners throughout the Twin Cities metro. Feel free to check out our gallery of past work!

To request an estimate or schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 651-238-1313 or send us a message, and we’ll get back to you promptly.

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