Maybe you are in the middle of a home renovation project (or thinking about starting one soon.) Perhaps, you are already planning on having new siding installed on your house. Or, it may be simply that you’ve noticed some problems with your old windows lately and are wondering if it’s time to replace them.
Windows are a critical component of every building, standing as they do at the interface of the outdoors and indoors. They typically last from 20 to 40 years, depending on their quality, type, and location – but eventually, they need to be replaced. Here are the top 5 signs that it may be time.
1. Visible Damage And/or Leaks
One sign it may be time for new windows is obvious, visible damage. Windows can chip, crack, permanently stain, rot (if wood windows), and leak.
You may have noticed such damage to some or all of your windows and realize it would be almost impossible to fix it short of full replacement. And, in fact, it could cost almost as much to repair as to replace windows that are very badly damaged.
2. Drafts & Poor Energy Efficiency
Another sign you need better windows is when you always seem to feel a draft in the house and never seem able to get warm enough when the heat is on or cool enough when the AC is running.
This is directly connected, of course, to abnormal spikes in your electric and/or natural gas bill. And newer, more energy-efficient makes and models of windows can save you money month after month.
3. Opening And Closing Your Windows Is Difficult
Windows that are too tough to open/close become a problem instead of a solution. You want fresh air in your home, but not the rain. You want to be able to securely lock up your windows at night or when away without a struggle. Full functionality and ease of use is a must.
Also, if your windows “drop” suddenly down instead of sliding up/down normally, that’s a sign replacement is the answer. You shouldn’t have to worry about dropping windows and shattering glass or use a stick to prop them open.
4. The Noise Keeps Getting Through
Many modern windows are able to reduce noise levels greatly, but if your windows are poorly sealed or use badly outdated glass, just about all of the outside noise may be getting through.
Noise-reducing, dual-insulated-glass windows can quiet things down fast! Talk to a pro about finding the “quietest” window on the market.
5. Your Home is Lacking Curb Appeal
Sharp-looking windows can greatly boost a home’s overall curb appeal. They can highlight your siding color and can be a big selling point if you are planning on listing your home soon.
If, however, the window paint is faded and the style is all too outdated, your windows may have become an eyesore instead. Replacing them with elegant, “snappy” new windows installed by an experienced contractor may be the answer!
If you are considering having new windows installed on your home or commercial property, do not hesitate to contact Double J Siding & Windows in Amarillo, Texas, today! We can give you a free consultation and a free, no-obligation quote.