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One of the most significant factors homeowners consider when buying their windows for window replacement projects is a durable and sturdy window material. The window should have a long lifespan by being able to withstand harsh climatic conditions and increase the home’s security. However, these windows are exposed to different weather conditions, speeding the wearing out.
While your windows could have the most robust material with a long lifespan, they will wear out at some point. You will start noticing an increase in energy bills because of drafts. Besides, these windows reduce your home’s curb appeal and compromise security. If you are still unsure whether to install new replacement windows or not, here are some reasons you should consider a replacement.
Drafts are cold air that enters the house even when the windows and doors are closed. It makes the home chilly and uncomfortable to live in. Drafts are due to small holes and cracks on the window frame or the panes due to aging or high impacts on the unit. If you are experiencing drafts, you can consider a window replacement.
Some homeowners will prefer a repair of the cracks on the frame, costing you more money in the long run. When buying replacement windows, choose high-impact resistance materials to last longer.
- Hard to open and close a window
Is there a difference in how your windows opened when new and now? Many factors contribute to the hardness to operate the window. For example, some window materials like wood absorb water and swell. The swelling causes them to grow more extensive than the existing space, hence the hardness to operate. Also, when windows age, some parts like the hinges rust. Failure to oil it could cause the hardness to open and close. This leads to reduced security, which can be inviting to burglars. If this describes your windows, find a new windows replacement and have them installed by a professional window installer.
Are you noticing water droplets outside your windows? It happens when there is excessive moisture in the house. Water droplets will form when the warm window surface meets the cold air.
If the condensation is on the outer part of the window, it is a sign that your windows are energy efficient because they prevent energy transfer between the two environments. However, this becomes an issue if the condensation is inside.
Also, if the current windows are energy efficient, they have a seal separating the double or triple panes. When the seal breaks, water will foam on the windows and appears like condensation. Therefore, this is a good enough sign to show that the windows are no longer energy efficient. Furthermore, the water can make its way into the house and cause moisture damage, including mold stains. Consider replacing the windows with energy-efficient ones.
How aesthetically appealing are your windows? Windows and doors are the first parts of the home visitors see, and they create the first impressions. If they are in bad condition, the first impression will also be bad. Cracked, dented, and faded windows are the reason for reduced curb appeal. Also, some windows have too many repairs on the cracks, making them less attractive than the new and unrepaired windows.
If you want to sell your home, you might not get a buyer faster because of the aesthetically unappealing windows. Homebuyers consider homes with new and stylish replacement windows. Therefore, get new windows if you want to create good first impressions and be proud of your home. They are available in many styles and designs but ensure you get ones that match your home’s architectural design to maintain the curb appeal and home’s value.
- Reduced energy efficiency
Are you paying more energy bills than the previous years? The reason could be your worn-out windows. When drafts enter the home, the homeowner has to keep the HVAC system on to regulate the temperatures. The system uses a lot of energy, increasing energy bills. Carrying out window replacements with new energy-efficient ones reduces the energy bills by ensuring no entry of drafts. This is essential as it protects your family from respiratory illnesses.