Replacing the windows in your home could make your home more comfortable and lower your energy bills, while also adding value and improving the ventilation and natural light. How can you tell that it’s time to replace your windows? Here are the biggest signs that you should invest in new windows.
factors, including how well they have been maintained, the weather that they need to stand up to, and the material of the frame.
When your windows are beyond repair, you need to replace them as soon as you can.
Windows Are Worn Out
Signs of rot or warping on your windows, or signs that the double glazing is failing are clear signs that you need to get them replaced.
Wooden window frames are the most difficult to maintain in good condition. The difficulty is, once the rot has set into the wood, it can be hard to stop decay and keep on top of it. Rain can then become a big problem and you might find that it’s now too hard to fix the window so it does its job as it should. If you leave a rotting frame, the rot will just get worse, and it will be harder to open and close the window.
Poor quality uPVC windows can discolour over time, and as they expand in heat they can become warped. If your double-glazing has failed, you might start to notice leaks, condensation, cracks, chips, holes, and scratches, and find it challenging to regulate the temperature inside.
Energy Bills Are High
Windows that are old or inefficient can really impact your home’s insulation which can cause much higher energy bills. The more heat that is able to escape your home, the more you’ll need to use your central heating to compensate. You can find out if heat is escaping by standing next to your windows and seeing if it feels cooler than the rest of the room. If the glass feels cold to the touch, then it is likely that you’re losing heat. You should also keep an eye out for any gaps in the window frames. Check glass doors or Awning Windows for gaps too.
Older windows are often single-paned, which makes them more likely to have leaks. It’s a good idea to invest in double glazing with argon gas and low-emissivity glass to reduce heat loss.
Windows Are Hard To Open And Close
This is one of the best reasons to replace a window, mostly because a window that you can’t get open could be a vital escape route in a fire or other emergency.
There are lots of reasons why a window can become difficult, or even impossible, to open and close. Sometimes, a window gets stuck because it has been painted shut. This might have saved time when you were decorating, but it doesn’t help the functionality of the window. Other causes of a stuck window are a warped frame in uPVC windows, which can expand in warp in hot weather. The uPVC should just contract again when it cools, but if this shifting happens a lot, the frame might be the wrong size for the aperture. Another problem can be the foundations of your home shifting, making the window no longer fit. A new window will solve the problem.
Your Home Isn’t Soundproof
Modern windows are designed to reduce sound transfer, which can make a big difference to the calmness of your home, especially if you live near a busy road. If you can hear noise from outside clearly even when you’re inside with the windows shut, then your window probably needs replacing. If you want peace and quiet, then a new window is the way to go.
Windows Are Drafty
If you have drafty windows, your energy bills will be a lot higher. In fact, your bills can be up to 25% higher if drafts are a big problem. Not investing in a new window because of the cost of replacing them will likely soon turn out to be a false economy in the long run. New windows are a lot more energy-efficient than old ones, so you can end up saving quite a lot of money on your bills.
Drafts often occur when your windows don’t shut properly. If the locking mechanism isn’t working properly any more, this will cause drafts. Don’t forget that a window that you can’t close is a security problem too.
Windows Are Leaking
Windows should allow light into your home. Windows can’t do this properly if moisture has got in between the panes in your double-glazed windows, or if you start getting a build-up of condensation on the inside of the glass. Condensation can be wiped off, but having to do this will become annoying and it can cause mould to grow on the inside of your window frame too. Mist and moisture inside the window glass also can’t be removed. It will just stay there blocking your view and stopping light from getting in.
These problems occur when the seals in the window have gone, or if the window wasn’t installed properly in the first place. The worst-case scenario is when the window starts to leak and you end up with water on the inside.
In all of these case, the most cost-effective option is to replace the whole window, as repairs can work out just as expensive if the seals on other panes also fail and the whole cycle of repairs has to begin again.
You Don’t Have Double Glazing
Take a look at your windows. If you’re wondering why your house is always too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, it might be that you have single-pane rather than double-pane glass in your windows. Single-pane windows are most common in older houses, and it can make your home uncomfortable simply because they’re not as effective or as efficient as more modern, double-glazed windows. Change single-paned for double-glazed windows.