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How to Tell Your Windows Need Replacing
After your windows are initially installed, it’s easy to forget about them. Even though windows are made to be durable and last for a while, they’ll eventually need to be replaced. However, the signs that your windows need replacing aren’t always as obvious as a busted window. It’s important to learn to recognize the signs so you can set up quick window replacement services and protect your home and comfort levels. Here are some common indicators that it’s time to replace your windows.
High Energy Bills
If you notice your energy bills have been higher than normal, it could be a sign that you need new windows. Windows are designed to do a lot of things for your home, including keeping desired air in and undesired outside air out. If your windows are outdated or no longer efficient, they could be letting the air inside your home out and the air outside in, causing your HVAC system to work harder to maintain your desired comfort level. This will ultimately lead to higher energy bills.
If you suspect your windows are the cause of your high energy bills, have a window professional take a look. They’ll be able to tell if your windows are the culprit and if they need to be replaced.
Hard to Open or Close Windows
Your windows should never be difficult to open or close. If they are, it could be a sign that they need to be replaced. Some causes can be caused by something that’s easy to fix, such as dirt and dust buildup or a spring that’s too tight. You may be able to fix this issue by thoroughly cleaning your windows or applying lubricant. If you still are having a hard time opening and closing windows after troubleshooting the problem, then it might be a sign that the issue is more complex, and you might require a replacement.
An experienced window professional can get to the root of the issue and determine if a replacement is necessary.
Decaying Frames and Leaky Windows
Your windows are essential for your home’s security and safety. They help keep out intruders and the outside elements that can damage your home. That’s why it’s crucial to have windows with a strong structural integrity. A major sign that you need window replacement as soon as possible is decaying frames and leaky windows. A decaying frame can compromise the structure and reliability of your windows. If your windows’ frames are showing signs of decay, you need to reach out to a window professional immediately.
Additionally, leaky windows also call for a window replacement. If you notice water leaking through your windows, first make sure that your windows are completely closed or sealed. After you’ve made sure your windows are closed, if you’re still experiencing leaks then you should reach out to a professional. Leaky windows can lead to extensive and expensive water damage. To avoid unnecessary water damage, make sure to have any leaky windows replaced.
Condensation Between Glass Panes
If you notice water or condensation between your windowpanes, then your windows are failing you. Moisture between windowpanes is a telltale sign that the seal on your window glass has failed. Window glass is sealed into the frame of your window. If this seal gets punctured then moisture can creep in.
If your windows are having issues with moisture between the glass panes, then they need to be replaced. There is no repair option for this kind of issues. If you’re experiencing this, contact a professional to discuss your window replacement options.
While windows don’t keep out every outside noise, they’re supposed to filter out a certain level of outside noise to keep your home as quiet as possible. If you think your windows are letting in too much noise, they may not be properly soundproofed. You may not even realize that your windows are the culprit. If you feel like your windows don’t block out noise as well anymore or want to upgrade to higher-quality soundproofed windows, then it’s time for a window replacement.
A professional can help you choose the right soundproofed windows for your needs to help you maintain a quiet and comfortable home.
Schedule Window Replacement with Zen Windows
If you’re experiencing any of the signs discussed in this post, turn to Zen Windows for easy and reliable window replacement. One of our window experts will discuss your current window situation and needs to suggest the right window options for your home. When you’ve selected your new windows, we’ll properly install them and make sure there are no issues.
Call Zen Windows now at (301) 337-5656 to discuss your window replacement needs with a professional. We’ll go through your options with you and set up an appointment.