Your windows play a huge role in your home. They bring in light and fresh air and are part of your home’s elegance. While regular maintenance can help keep windows working smoothly for years, even the best windows will need to be taken out at some point. So when is it better to replace, rather than repair, your windows? Here are three signs to watch for:
- Poor performance – when you
start noticing air leaking in or
notice condensation and fogging on or between the glass panes, it
could be time to think about window replacement.
Difficulty opening and closing the windows, including those that have been painted or
nailed shut, is another indication that you could
need new windows.
- Appearance – chipping,
deterioration and water stains on the inside or outside of the window are
clear indicators of worn down windows. Many homeowners will
also think about window replacement when their current
windows’ design or style no longer matches the
rest of the home.
- Effort – if replacement parts
are tough to find or no longer sold, or when cleaning is a
significant hassle, you’ll want to think about an upgrade. These concerns are more
common for old homes that still have their original windows, which
typically experience problems with performance and appearance, as
Some window replacement projects depend less on performance and more on a homeowner’s lifestyle or style preferences. Consider this, new windows can help lessen obnoxious sounds coming from outside, such as traffic, weather and loud neighbors. In some cases, exposure may cause windows on one side of your house to deteriorate earlier than the others. You can take a crack at finding replacement styles and colors that best match your existing windows, but think through the option of replacing the windows on that side of your home, or try to find alternatives if you can’t find a close match.
Energy efficiency should also be a consideration if you’re planning a window replacement. Energy efficient glass options can provide better protection on your interior furniture, paint and decorations by helping block harmful ultraviolet rays that could cause fading. Additionally, consider replacing fixed windows that don’t open. Venting windows help permit more fresh air into your home, taking a light load off your heating and cooling equipment when the weather in Raleigh is nice.
If you have other questions about replacing your home’s windows, visit a sales representative at the Pella showroom in Raleigh, or call 919-324-0196.