Windows are an essential element in any home. They improve energy efficiency, allow in daylight, provide ventilation, and help boost the curb appeal and aesthetics of your home. But it isn’t always obvious when windows start to wear out and become a liability. Few people know what to look for. So here are a few signs and symptoms you should look for. If you notice any of the following signs, it may be time for replacement windows.
1. Air Leaks
Ever notice a draft when you sit close to a certain window? Most people brush it off as a simple inconvenience. What it really means is the seals on the window have failed. Air is escaping in or out, and along with it goes all the heating and cooling. You don’t want to be heating or cooling the great outdoors.
2. Noise Pollution
Live on a busy street or across from a school? You have probably noticed a barrage of noise at certain times of the day and not known you could do something about it. Older windows are prone to allowing noise pollution to pass through the glass and the frames. Modern products have special components that provide a buffer for that noise and will make your space quieter.
3. Age and Wear
Over time the age of your windows will start to show. You might start to see scratches, dents, and chips in the frame. Or damage could progress to rust, cracks, and warping. If window frames start to look dated you might consider replacement windows before something more significant goes wrong.
4. Difficult Operation
You should not have to use brute force to open your windows or prop them up to keep them open. Windows should operate smoothly and easily. This isn’t just about convenience, but also safety. You need egress windows to open, especially in an emergency.
5. Rot and Decay
Moisture causes all kinds of damage, especially for windows. If you notice condensation constantly forming on the windows or brown spots on the sills or walls, you should check for moisture leaks. Water that collects in window frames can drip down into the walls and floors, causing any number of problems with rot and decay.
6. High Energy Costs
Have you noticed heating and cooling bills going up from year to year? This could be a rise in rates, but it also can mean your windows are less efficient. You may be literally throwing money out your old windows. Keep an eye on these charges and make sure your windows have tight seals and low thermal transfer.
If you notice any of the above signs it may be time to call Home Supply Window & Door. Contact us at 973-949-5401 or visit 160 Van Winkle Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506. We can provide an in-home evaluation of your windows and help you find the best replacement windows. We have top quality products at budget-friendly prices.