5 Signs That You Need to Replace Your Windows

When did you last replace your home windows? While home improvement projects improve homes’ comfort, safety, and curb appeal, the tasks can be time-consuming and costly. Most homeowners will thus maximize their windows’ life cycle and only replace windows when absolutely necessary. 

But if your timing on window replacement is wrong, you compromise the comfort and safety of your home. Old, outmoded windows result in noise pollution, air and water leaks, and health hazards due to mold growth. With new replacement windows, you can enjoy increased home value, noise reduction, energy efficiency, improved curb appeal, and lower maintenance. 

But when is the right time for window replacement? This guide explores the five telltale signs that you need to replace your windows.

1. They’re Difficult to Operate

If your windows have become difficult to open, close, or lock, the time has come for a replacement. Over time, balance issues develop, and windows start to stick and jam. The main culprits for balance issues are mold, rust, and rotting. These warning signs indicate your windows are near the end of their life cycle. 

Windows with operation issues also impact your home’s safety. For instance, in case of an emergency, occupants need to exit through the windows, but difficult-to-operate windows may impede the escape. Consider replacing your current windows to ensure your windows are quick and easy to operate.

2. They Let In Outdoor Noise

Does the outside noise disturb the peace of your home? Perhaps neighbors’ loud music, dog barks, road traffic, or construction noise have become nuisances. The excess outdoor noise is another sign you need to replace your windows. Your old windows may be poor in soundproofing, resulting in noise pollution. 

New windows have glass panes of different thicknesses to help lessen the outdoor noise. Also, proper window sealing and insulation will further improve soundproofing. For a quieter, tranquil home, replace your old windows with modern ones.

3. They Have Drafts

If areas near your windows feel cooler than the rest of your home, your windows seals might be broken or damaged. Damaged seals result in uncomfortable drafts and poor energy efficiency, indicating your windows need replacement. 

Drafty windows compromise the thermal stability of your home, causing the heating and cooling system to overwork. An overworked unit not only increases your energy bills but also repair costs due to increased wear and tear. 

To have durable, weathertight windows, replace your drafty windows. Replacement windows will increase your home’s energy efficiency, saving you on utility bills. 

4. They Are Damaged

One of the most obvious signs of window replacement is foggy, chipping, broken, or rotting windows. Apart from being your eyes to the outside world, windows protect your home against harsh weather. Over time, the extreme weather causes water damage, cracks, broken glass, mold, and decay to your windows. These imperfections lead to air and water leaks and damages the home’s curb appeal.

To prevent costly damages and enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal, consider installing new windows. 

5. They Have Condensation

If condensation or fog appears on the window exterior or interior, you don’t have to worry about anything. In most cases, such condensation is due to high levels of humidity. However, if you’ve noticed condensation between your window panes, replace the windows. Condensation between panes implies the window seals have failed.

Damaged or broken seals will make your windows leaky, resulting in more damage. Consult a professional if you’re not sure whether the condensation warrants a window replacement.

If you’ve noticed any of the above signs, you may need to install new windows. Contact us at Archer Exteriors for professional window installation.