If walls could talk, would they really have much to say? We like to use that turn of phrase to refer to a building’s rich history, but wouldn’t it be great if your home could tell you exactly where it needed attention? While the latest smart home products do provide lots of feedback, there is always something going on when it comes to taking care of your home Too often small points of damage go unnoticed in a home or we only notice an issue once it’s too big to ignore.
Luckily there are some things you can look for to know whether or not there’s trouble with your home’s windows. This article will outline the signs that, once spotted, let you know when to replace your windows with upgraded, more efficient models.
It’s Time for New Windows
Window replacements can be a big job, especially if you’re giving your whole home a facelift with window installations all over. You might want to improve the look of your house, but how do you know when to replace your windows for good? Here are five signs that your house is aching for new windows.
- Your energy bills. If you’re starting to dread opening up your energy bills and you can still feel the cold from outside when you stand next to your windows, then it’s time for new ones. You can check for a draft by a window by holding a small flame from a candle or lighter to the edge of the window — if it wavers, then there’s definitely unwanted air movement.
- Tricky windows. Windows that function and insulate well should operate smoothly. If it’s taking too much energy to open and close the windows (or it you can’t move them at all) then it’s time for replacements.
- Frame rot, leakage. Do you see visible water damage around the frames of your windows? Are you noticing small pools of water collecting around the edges of the glass? Wooden window frames are particularly susceptible to moisture damage, so if you’ve gone a while without treating them, it’s likely they’re worse for wear.
You might even be able to hear the signs of a drafty window in the form of a whistling wind. If you can feel moving cold air around your windows and if when you hold a candle around the frame you see it start to flicker and waver, then that’s the sign of a window draft.
Listen to what your home might be telling you and you’ll ensure its value doesn’t change. The signs of needed window repair are easy to spot once you know what to look for. You’ll preserve the integrity of your home and make it look great with the right replacement windows.
Where to Go
Window companies provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision on window replacements. Golden Windows offers installation services that start out with a free onsite measure and a professional’s input on the window and door options available to you.