Windows do a lot for your home. They provide light and protection from the elements and keep your house energy efficient. But if your windows are older or in a state of disrepair, they may give you signs that it’s time to replace them.
Now clearly, windows can’t talk. But if you notice any of these things going on with your windows, you should pay attention. It could be that they need to be repaired or even replaced. Heeding these signs will save you money and headaches in the long run.
4 Signals Your Windows Need Help
These are the most apparent signals you can see without being a window replacement professional. If you notice any of these, booking a free window replacement assessment with a reputable local company like Northwest Exteriors would be wise.
– 1. Drafts when you walk by the window. This is an easy one to check. First, look at the panes. Are they cracked? Next, look at the weather stripping to see if it is damaged. If it is and you’re handy, you might be able to do this well enough yourself. If you’re not sure you are, consult a professional.
– 2. Are your windows suddenly hard to open or close? The most common cause of this is swelling in wooden window frames. If you live in a humid climate, this can quickly happen if your windows are older. You may be able to temporarily solve this issue by sanding the frames until the windows can open and close easily once more. But the swelling will return eventually. Window replacement is usually the best long-term solution for swollen window frames.
– 3. You notice moisture inside double-paned windows. If this occurs, you can try to alleviate the problem by opening the windows for short periods or adjusting the room temperature. If these steps don’t work, your windows most likely have broken seals. When window seals are broken, outside moisture seeps in and causes condensation inside the double panes. It also means that your double-paned windows’ energy-saving benefit isn’t happening anymore. If your goal is to save money on energy costs, it is time to replace your windows.
– 4. Tilted windows. Older homes will settle, and sometimes they settle off kilter. This can cause your windows to rock along with the house and even cause the panes to crack from the strain. If you notice this problem, you should simultaneously address the broken panes and the settling.
Learn More About Solving Window Problems
Northwest Exteriors has decades of experience bringing window solutions. We’ve helped thousands of homeowners all over the country by repairing or replacing windows. New windows will mean better energy efficiency, security, and protection from the elements. It will also help your property maintain its value for the future.
Contact us today for more information or a free window assessment.