7 Telltale Signs It’s Time to Replace Windows on Your Home

7 Telltale Signs It’s Time to Replace Windows on Your Home

December 6, 2019
Martin Whitmore, President of US Window & Door
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If you’re like most homeowners, chances are you’ve invested plenty of time and money into keeping your home looking sharp. However, you may have forgotten to add “replace windows” onto that list.

We get it, windows are one of those things that tend to fall onto the back burner. After all, how are you really supposed to know when it’s time to replace your windows or when it’s simply time for a repair?

Well, you can start by reading on for more information about the essential 7 signs to be aware of.

Signs It’s Time to Replace Windows

One of the great things about windows is that they will start to give you some clear red flags to tell you they need to be replaced.

Rely on your senses and pay attention to the details. We know your day is busy enough as it is, but being aware of the signs can keep both your home and your family safe.

1. Opening Your Windows is a Workout

If you break more of a sweat trying to open your windows than in your morning spin class than take it as a clear sign that it’s time for a window replacement.

While this may be an indication that your window hinges are in need of oil, if you find that your windows are jammed shut more often than not, then it’s time for a replacement.

While it may not seem like an urgent matter, jammed windows aren’t secure and can slam shut at any given moment. Replacing them can play a major role in keeping your family safe.

2. Finding New Parts is Difficult (and Expensive)

Does it feel like a full-on manhunt every time you need to find a part for your window? Chances are, it’s been discontinued.

This means the window manufacturers no longer believe the window is worth selling and it’s no longer in circulation. As a result, your window parts are no longer in circulation either.

This means each year your window parts will become harder to find and more expensive. Save yourself the trouble and invest in newer windows.

3. Your Electricity Bill is On the Rise

You’ve done everything you can to reduce your carbon footprint, and yet your electric bill continues to rise month after month.

Before you change out your energy-efficient light bulbs (again) it may be time to look at your windows as a culprit.

The fact is that over time windows take on a fair share of wear, tear, and weather damage which can easily lead to gaps in the wood and drafts.

Investing in newer, sturdier, and more energy-efficient windows can keep your home insulated and your electric bill low.

Be on the lookout for Energy Star brands that have passed a number of energy-efficient qualifications.

4. You’ve Got the Repair Man on Speed Dial

If you’re on a first-name basis with the repairman as a result of your window’s frequent needs for repairs, then it’s time for a replacement.

Consider this, not only do malfunctioning windows cause an inconvenience for your family, but they also put you at a higher risk for a break-in.

Windows with loose or rotting frames are easier to pry open, making break-ins and thefts more likely to occur.

5. Your Family Has Grown

When you moved into your home as a young couple, chances are you didn’t consider the little hands (or paws) that would be joining your family later on.

The fact is that not all windows are created equally, and some having closing and locking mechanisms that make them more dangerous for children and pets.

Give yourself some peace of mind by choosing a more secure set of windows.

6. You Plan on Selling Your Home

Maybe you love your windows as they are, but plan on selling your home in the near future.

Then it’s important to know that the right energy-efficient, quality windows can increase your overall sales value.

The key is to know what potential homebuyers are looking for. Talk with a real estate agent about which windows are the best investments or visit local open houses to get a clear idea of what other sellers are offering.

7. They’re Just Plain Ugly

Sometimes windows don’t need to be replaced out of necessity or expense, but simply because they are an eyesore.

After all, your windows are one of the first things visitors and passersby will notice about your home. Chances are you want to make a good first impression. The same goes if your home has undergone a recent remodel.

If you’re not in love with the look and feel of your windows, change them! It’s one of the many benefits of owning your own home and being able to design as you please.

Finding the Right Windows for Your Home

If you’ve noticed one or more of the signs discussed above, then chances are it’s time to replace windows on your home.

Remember, quality windows will last longer thus helping you save money in the long run. The right windows can also save you money on your utilities while helping to create a healthier planet for future generations.

If you’re ready to begin shopping for your perfect windows, contact us today for your free estimate and to learn more about your options.