5 Signs Your Household Windows Are Due for an Upgrade
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, if they’re not in the best condition, they can make indoor temperature regulation a real challenge.
To reduce your energy bill, opting for window repairs may be an option, 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 any of 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, rather than replacing the problematic components, window repairs are typically sufficient.
3. You Hear Excessive Outside 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 house, 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 or Difficult 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 difficult 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 or Deterioration
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 that 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.
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. 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.