When Should You Replace Your Windows?

Many homeowners don’t like the look of their aluminum windows or have grown tired of scraping and sanding their wood-frame windows to keep them looking attractive. Those are excellent reasons to upgrade to new windows that will provide better curb appeal with less hassle. However, if you’re like many homeowners who weigh their home improvement investments carefully, you may be wondering if there are signs that your windows are so worn or outdated that they’re just not protecting your home adequately anymore. If that sounds like you, here are few signs that it’s time to replace your windows:

Your Windows Won’t Budge

Except in the case of picture windows, your windows are intended to open and close with ease to allow outside air to freshen your home as well as provide an escape route in the event of a fire. If your windows require a herculean effort to open and close, it’s probably time to replace them—not only for convenience but also for safety reasons.

You Notice Signs of Water Infiltration

If you have double-pane windows and you notice excessive condensation between the panes, there’s a good chance your window seal is failing. This is a recipe for mold and mildew growth, which will be unsightly and could pose a health threat. Moreover, it’s a bad idea to ignore signs of water infiltration around the window seal or at the corners of your window frames because moisture that gets into your walls can cause premature structural deterioration and lead to the need for costly repairs.

You Feel a Draft Whenever You’re Near Your Windows

If you’re dealing with drafty windows, the chances are that you’re also spending more money than necessary to cool and heat your home. Even if you can’t feel a draft but your windows are decades old, you could probably benefit from investing in energy-efficient replacement windows. After all, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that heat transfer through windows accounts for up to 30% of home energy consumption, and lists replacement with energy-efficient windows as one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint as well as your energy bills.

Have you decided it’s time to replace your worn or malfunctioning windows? If so, make sure you explore the options available from NewSouth Window Solutions. Contact us today to get started.

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