Not sure if it’s time to replace your windows? There are a few things you can do on your own to see whether it's time to consider having your home's windows replaced or repaired.
When replacing windows for a customer we often wish they would have called us sooner. Waiting too long to get an inspection and window replacements can actually cost you more money in the long run. There are a few things every homeowner ought to look for:
Air leaks. If you can detect a definite draft coming from around your window that means that moisture can get through as well. This can cause water damage and facilitate the growth of mold, which are both expensive problems to resolve.
Hot & Cold. Touch the window, if it’s warm to the touch in the summer and cold in the winter, it means that the window is not insulating your home properly. This puts stress on your heating and cooling systems, increasing your energy costs.
General Wear & Tear. Look for cracked window frames, broken or cracked glass, all these things can cause you to lose money on energy bills.
Mechanical Breakdown. When inexpensive vinyl or fiberglass single-hung, double-hung, or sliding windows no longer slide open or closed with ease, they are typically not salvageable.
Replacement windows not only improve the appearance and value of your home, but they can also help you save considerably on month-to-month energy bills, and prevent mold growth and water damage within your home. Moreover, your utility company will provide rebates and perhaps other benefits as a way of encouraging you to make your home more efficient by replacing the windows.
If you want to determine whether you need windows, you can call and setup a free in-home consultation appointment, and we’ll give your our best advice and provide you with an estimate, if you’re considering replacement.
This article was written by Fenestration Group
and was published in June of 2012.