While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you need replacement windows. Top-notch windows can last for a long time, but the Raleigh elements, wear and tear and other factors can play a large role in the durability of all of your home’s windows. If you are unsure if your windows are near the end of their lifespan, here are some indicators that it may be time to replace them:
- Raleigh just dealt with a severe storm.
Cities that are dealt severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one strong thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you look over your windows for potential damage if they faced weather stronger than what they were designed to bear.
- You are noticing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to leak out from your home and cause outside air to drift in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work harder than it needs to and can cost you more on your energy bills. Drafty windows can also be a sign of other issues, such as a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of broken window panes or other necessary repairs due to windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you conclude if such a window can be salvaged with a minor amount of work or if it needs a full replacement.
- You want to save on your utility bill
Have you realized that your energy bills are unusually steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your power bills to go up by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can make you to pay more for electricity as your HVAC system runs overtime to compensate for the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window staff can work with you to determine which type of windows might be best for boosting energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by considering such things as weather changes in Raleigh.
- You see condensation between your window panes
Although indoor condensation may not concern you that much, it could cause window damage. Spotting condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation that exists between the panes of glass can indicate an issue. This problem can be easily avoided or solved with proper window replacement.
- Your house is experiencing a makeover
A home makeover is a great time to replace your windows—since so many other aspects of your home are getting a facelift, why not consider your windows? If you are going through a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are worn down, and you are going to want your windows to mirror the new look of your remodeled home. If you are replacing your windows with more expansive panes of glass, they can offer more light to your living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Raleigh has a wide selection of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows go with your home’s new design.
Don’t wait until trouble comes—use these signs to help determine if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Raleigh a call at 919-324-0196 or come into our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.