Windows add significantly to the aesthetic appeal of a home and provide an extremely vital function, but are often one of the most overlooked features of a house. Windows add significantly to the comfort of the home and improper maintenance can compromise the energy efficiency and safety of your home. Below is a list of indicators that your windows may need a replacement.
1. Difficulty opening or closing windows
With time windows often develop balancing issues and get de-railed from their tracks. If you have to apply excessive force or struggle to open or close windows, it is advisable that you replace your windows at the earliest.
2. Increasing heating and/or cooling costs
Single-pane windows or outdated and damaged double-pane windows provide poor insulation and are prone to ‘leaks’. If you are living in an older home, it is quite likely that your house is fitted with single-pane windows. Replacing old windows with new energy-efficient fittings can provide significant savings in terms of heating and cooling costs. Since every home is unique, it is strongly recommended that you speak to an experienced contractor to understand the potential benefit and costs involved for your home.
3. Increasing the value of your home
Windows are one of the key elements that can complement the style of your home. Replacing old tattered windows with new modern ones can not only significantly improve the aesthetics of your home but also increase its value, particularly if you are planning to sell your home in the near future.
4. High noise levels
Modern windows are designed to keep outside noise levels to a minimum and provide you the much-deserved peace and quiet inside your home. If you think your windows are unable to keep all the outside noise ‘out’, consult an experienced professional today to learn more about noise insulated windows.
5. Damaged windows
Often windows get damaged due to harsh weather conditions and develop cracks, rust, broken glasses, mold or decay. These are indicators that your windows are nearing the end of their useful life and need to be replaced. Delaying a window replacement in such cases is not recommended since it can lead to an increase in your energy bills, pose a safety hazard or even pass on the damage to other parts of your home.
6. Presence of cold drafts
Are your windows cold to touch or do you feel the breeze while standing near your window? Drafty windows have air leaks and allow between 10-25% of the home’s heat to escape out, adding significantly to your energy bills. This is one of the most important reasons for replacing windows.
If you notice any of the above indicators, we suggest that you get your windows checked by an experienced professional, to avoid further damage. We would love to hear from you if you have any ideas or suggestions for our window replacement checklist. If you would like to understand the pros and cons or costs of replacing windows for your home, please request a free estimate. We provide window replacement services in all of South Jersey including Ocean City.