Do you know when it’s time to upgrade your windows? While some signs may be obvious, others may not. Let’s take a good hard look at them.
If you have double- or triple-pane windows already and there is condensation between the panes, it’s a sure sign that the seals have failed. The seals naturally break over time due to the constant fluctuations in temperatures over many years.
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The space between panes offers insulation, and once the seal is broken, it’s usually time for new windows. Condensation is not the only sign that your windows are not as effective as they were. If the outdoor temperatures affect the inside of the window, you’ve got problems. Does the inside of the window feel cold in winter or hot in the summer? That means the outside temperatures are affecting the indoor temperature.
Often the most visible sign that it’s time to replace your windows are cracks. These cracks can be in any of the panes, whether interior or exterior. The frame can crack as well due to temperature fluctuations or even the settling of your home’s foundation. Small cracks can become big ones, so it’s important to have them replaced as soon as possible.
Cold drafts in the winter are uncomfortable. While windows are not the only reason for drafts, they can play a big part. Replacing them can make a big difference. You’ll also want to look at how well your exterior doors seal when closed.
Windows that don’t seal properly let in air but also noise. New windows can help reduce noise pollution and create quiet, cozy comfort in your home.
When your windows are not insulating against the frigid temperatures of winter or the scorching hot temperatures of summer, it naturally means you will be paying more to heat or cool your home. Replacing your windows can help to reduce monthly utility bills, making it a worthy long-term investment.
Even if your windows are still functioning the way they were designed to, there may be newer window options that work even better. With some very innovative technology upgrades in recent years, new features insulate better, are more convenient, or increase the home’s beauty.
If you are considering new windows for your home, call Signature Home Services today. During your free consultation, we will sit down with you to discuss your options based on what you see for your home’s future.