The windows of your home are one of the main barriers to protect you from the outside elements such as cold weather. Good-quality windows can ensure your home stays well insulated and dry. The choice to get new windows fitted is not always a clear one, and homeowners are often unsure if they need simple repairs rather than full replacements.
Many windows have a lifespan of around 20 years; however, there are signs to look out for to help you decide whether window replacements are needed.
It’s normal to spot condensation on the inside layer of your windows, which is the result of the heat and warmth inside your home. However, if you notice condensation inside the window panels themselves, this is an obvious sign that moisture is trying to enter your home from the outside—the seals may be failing. This could result in a lack of insulation and an increased amount of mould around the window areas if the windows are not replaced.
2. Leaking Windows and Rotting Frames
When wooden window frames start to rot, leakage will occur, causing dampness to generate inside your home. In addition, the windows themselves will become unsecured.
Leaks will lead to mould in your home, which can create health problems for your family. Rotting frames also look unsightly. Thus, the value of your home can decrease, which could be a major issue if you were hoping to sell any time soon.
3. Lack of Soundproofing
Windows are supposed to block out a lot of outdoor noise. With their solid structure, they should not only protect you from the cold effects of the weather but also from the noise of it. If you notice a lot of noise coming from your windows, especially in terms of the wind and breeze, the windows must not be providing the acoustic insulation required and may need replacing.
4. Heating Bills Rising
Have you noticed that your energy bills are increasing all the time, but you can’t work out why? Maybe it’s time to check those windows. Worn-down windows are the most common cause of heat escaping the home and the lack of warmth and insulation.
If you feel particularly cold near the windows or they are very cold to touch, that is a major sign that heat is going out and cool air is coming in, leading to rising heating bills and a cold home.
5. Single Panes
Most homes these days are fitted with double glazed windows. This has been the standard practice of window fitters for around 30 years. If your house is fitted with single pane windows, there’s a good chance they are very very old and may be costing you a lot of extra money in heating bills. In this case, it’s more cost effective to replace these windows and become more economical in terms of your energy usage.
6. Damaged or Broken Windows
This may be an obvious sign for a replacement, but it’s surprising how many homeowners ignore cracked or damaged windows, seeing them as only a minor problem for their homes. It’s possible in some cases to carry out repairs, but these can be costly, and it is likely that the damage will resurface. Often, replacements are the most reliable way to go.
Windows can be damaged by intentional force, by accident, or by bad weather, causing them to crack or warp and allowing drafts and dampness to enter the home.
Keep a close watch on the quality of your windows to ensure that replacements are carried out as soon as they are needed. If you see any of the above signs, it’s time for new windows.