Deciding when to get replacement windows can be difficult. You don’t want to upgrade before your windows have outlived their usefulness. But you also don’t want to wait too long and end up paying the price for extensive damage caused by old, leaky windows. So how do you know when the time is right? Here are a few things to watch for that clearly indicate it is time for replacement windows.
Air leaks are a common problem for older windows. Over time the weatherstripping may deteriorate. Through extreme temperature changes, the frame material expands and contracts, possibly breaking the seals around glazing units. Both of these conditions can lead to air infiltration. If you notice significant temperature changes when standing near a window, check the window for air leaks.
2. Moisture Leaks
Moisture damage is not only dangerous but can also be expensive to repair. If you notice wood rot, spotting, peeling paint, or yellowing around your windows, it may be a sign that water is getting into the interior through or around your windows. You’ll want to pay close attention before the water damage can spread.
3. Condensation between the Panes
Broken seals don’t always manifest as air leaks or moisture damage. Sometimes all you will notice is condensation between the panes. This may seem harmless, but it means your windows are no longer insulating as they should. The inert gas on the glazing unit has leaked out and been replaced with natural air. The window will be cold to the touch and could ice over in the winter, causing even more problems.
4. Broken Glass
This is one of the most apparent signs you need new windows. Broken glass is a danger that also renders your window ineffective. You should either replace the glass or replace the window.
5. Warped or Damaged Frames
Over time the sun and moisture can cause window frames to fall out of square, sag, rot, or become yellow and brittle. Warped frames can make windows look drab, but can also lead to other problems as well, like difficult operation or air and water infiltration.
6. Difficult Operation
Feel like you have to muscle your window open? Do you have to prop it up or rig it to stay open? Is there a certain window in your home you have completely given up on because it doesn’t open, close, latch, or lock properly? If yes, then you clearly need a replacement window.
7. Noise Pollution
This might seem like a small problem, but noise pollution could be a sign you need new windows. Modern design, technology, and insulation will cut down on unwanted noise transfer. Your home will feel significantly quieter and more tranquil with replacement windows.
8. Excessive Maintenance
Feel like you are replacing parts or refinishing your windows far too much? If keeping your windows in operating condition is a lot of work and you don’t want to spend one more weekend working on your old windows, it is probably time for an upgrade.
Call Home Supply Window & Door Today
If you have noticed some of the above signs and think you need replacement windows, contact us at 973-949-5401. Our experts can provide a free, in-home evaluation of your windows and give you a quote on top quality replacement windows. Or stop by and check out our products at 160 Van Winkle Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506.