When was the last time you checked out the condition of your windows? If your home features aluminum or wood-framed windows, it's likely you won't even notice the problems caused by windows in poor, or less than optimal, condition.
While well-designed windows play a variety of important role's in your home, they also can add a lot of curb appeal. Run-down and damaged windows are not only a security issue, but they can also cause problems in the overall comfort of your home. It is essential to identify if your windows need replacement and there are many ways to tell if it's time to begin your window renovation plan.
1. Your Energy Bill is High
On a cool day, stand next to your windows. Does it feel cooler than when standing elsewhere in your home? Touch your windows–if the glass is cold to the touch, then the warm air your furnace pumps out is being cooled down as soon as it gets a few feet away from your windows. This not only makes it much more difficult to regulate your home's temperature but is also a major waste of money!
Grab a burning incense stick or a candle. Light it and hold it up to your window frames–slowly move it to each corner of the window. If you notice the flame flickering or the smoke moving, that means drafts are traveling through your windows. Windows in extremely poor condition will have visible light shining through the frame if you try this test in the dark with a flashlight. If all those little holes were sealed up, you can imagine how much more comfortable–and cost-efficient–your home would be.
2. Your Windows Show Visible Damage
A clear sign that you need new windows is cracked or decaying frames. If you're able to wipe away moisture on the glass panels, hear the wind whistling during a stormy night, or see condensation build-up between the panes–it's definitely time to replace your windows.
You may also notice leakage coming from your windows. You might think that the amount of leakage isn't great enough to justify a window renovation, or that the leaking will stop with the summer weather ahead. Keep in mind that moisture fuels mold growth–no matter how little the water amount may be. The longer you put off replacing your windows, the greater the chance a leaking window will generate a major problem.
You may be wondering why you can't simply repair your leaky windows. Moisture buildup on your windows is a symptom of a more significant issue. The most common causes of leaky windows are poor installation or a failed sealed unit. The only way to truly solve your leaky window problem is through a window renovation.
3. Lack of Soundproofing
Take a second to stand next to one of your windows and wait for a car to drive by. Could you hear it coming from down the street? Single-pane and even some double-pane windows will transfer sound from the street into your house. Before long, the noise will add up and you can wave the luxury of peace and quiet goodbye. High-quality, energy-efficient windows absorb these sound waves before they can enter your home.
4. You Struggle to Open or Close Them
There can be many reasons your windows are operating poorly. These include dirt and dust buildup, a spring that is too tight, or any number of problems with the roller system. Windows should open and close with ease and lock properly–as both an added security measure and seal against air escaping from your home.
5. You Want to Increase Curb Appeal
Your windows are easily one of the most notable features of your home. That being said, if you don't love how they look, or they're looking worn, you should consider replacing them. Check to see if the color is fading or if the window material is warping. Do old screens or storm windows detract from the other features of your home? Modern-looking, high-quality windows will not only add value to your home but will also increase your curb appeal.
Ready to Start Your Window Renovation Plan?
Windows are an investment that will increase your home's value and significantly improve its overall look. Additionally, they will increase the amount of natural light your home receives, soundproofing, and energy efficiency. Whether you are simply trying to improve your home's curb appeal or save money on your energy bills, a window renovation is a worthwhile project.
To get started give Tacheny a call today at (651) 213-9221 or visit us at https://www.mytacheny.com/replacement-windows/ for a free estimate or to schedule a consultation to find the right window solution for your home.
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