Thinking about replacement windows? Think about this: On a sunny day, you may stop and realize that your windows could use a quick once-over with Windex. Besides the occasional streak, most of us don’t give much thought to our windows. They’re there and serve their purpose, so there isn’t much reason to worry until they stop working well. However, if you have outdated windows, they may be nearing the end of their lifespan. Here are five signs that it may be time for replacement windows.
Your Energy Bills Are High
You can expect seasonal fluctuation when it comes to your monthly utility bills, especially when the summer heat hits Sacramento. However, your old windows may be at fault if your utility bills are consistently high. Windows do more than keep the weather out; they also help insulate your home. However, even if they look like they’re in decent shape, older windows can leak a lot of air and make your home’s heating and cooling system work harder. Replacement windows will seal up the gaps to stop energy waste. In addition, most modern windows are double- or triple-paned and filled with an inert gas to provide further insulation.
They Don’t Lift
Your windows should raise and lower easily unless they have been sealed shut. If they don’t open or close all the way, or you have to shove to get movement, it may be time to consider replacement windows.
You Can Hear The Neighbors
If you can hear your neighbors clearly, it’s probably time for a new window solution. Just as your windows should help insulate your home, they should also provide decent soundproofing. Likewise, if you can hear a lot of outside noise, it’s time to upgrade to windows that will let you sleep through the night.
They Don’t Get Totally Clean
Have you noticed condensation collecting between the panes? Or are there spots that won’t go away, no matter how hard you scrub? That may be due to the age of your windows. While streaky windows aren’t necessarily a problem on their own, they may be the first warning sign that your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan.
They’re Rotting, Warped, or Broken
Okay, this is a no-brainer. If the glass is warped, the sashes are broken, or the casing is rotting, it’s time for replacement windows. All of these issues can make your home look shabby and poorly maintained. But, more importantly, they’re all issues that invite pests into your walls — and maybe into your living areas.
If your windows cry out for help, start with a free in-home consultation. Contact Chriswell Home Improvements for more information on replacement windows in Sacramento and the surrounding areas.