5 Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Windows
The windows on your home aren’t just for letting the Colorado sunshine into your home—they serve a vital function in your home’s total energy performance. They’re also one of the defining features of how your home looks.
So, do you remember when you last had a home window replacement? More importantly, do you know what signs to look for that indicate your windows need to be replaced? There’s more to look for than visible cracks and damage, and this article will help you know if you need to replace your windows.
1. Cracks or Other Damage
The most obvious sign that your windows need to be replaced is visible damage. Cracks can appear for any number of reasons, like hail or other flying debris during a storm. When you see a crack, it’s time to look into window glass replacement.
Damaged windows look not only unattractive but can also be dangerous – they could introduce leaks, mold or mildew, or even pests, depending on the damage. A cracked window also means the rest of the glass is weakened and more likely to break. If you notice cracks in your glass or damage to the window fitting, contact a local, experienced contractor ASAP.
2. Drafts or Higher Energy Bills
Your windows don’t need to have visible damage to require replacement. You may notice that your windows are drafty and are allowing outside air into your home, which also means they’re letting your climate-controlled air escape, which makes your HVAC system work harder and expend unnecessary energy to keep your home at the right temperature.
Take a look at your home energy bill—do you notice anything out of the ordinary? Inefficient windows can be a major contributor to higher energy costs, and you may not even know it.
3. Difficult to Open and Close
If any of your windows aren’t functioning correctly, you might want to replace them. You should be able to open and close your windows without worrying or exerting too much effort. Window technology has come a long way, and newer, energy-efficient windows are easier to open and close than older ones that are past their prime.
Many pieces to a window can break or become damaged over time: a spring becomes too tight, dust or dirt accumulates and impacts proper function, a roller breaks, etc. If you can’t easily open or close your window—including the lock for added security—you should look into getting your window replaced.
4. Condensation Between Panes of Glass
We welcome moisture in Colorado, but not in-between panes of glass in our windows! Condensation on the outside of your window may be normal; simply indicating different temperatures between the inside and outside. However, condensation between your double- or triple-glass panels is a bad sign.
Condensation between glass panes is a sign that the seal of your window has been broken. That means the insulating gas that is supposed to be between those panes has escaped, and your windows aren’t able to function correctly and keep your home energy-efficient. This is a sure sign that your window needs to be replaced.
5. Outside Noise
Another simple indication that your windows aren’t working as well as they should is if you can hear outside noise. Older windows from 15 years ago or more are typically single-pane, meaning you can probably hear any noise outside easily. Newer windows have two or three panes of glass that helps with noise reduction in addition to being more energy-efficient.
Window Replacement Cost
Home windows will typically last 15–25 years, depending on wear and tear and proper installation. Older windows, in particular, don’t tend to last as long as newer ones, thanks to the improved technology over the last decade.
Suppose you notice any of these signs that could indicate necessary window replacement. In that case, it’s best to address it as soon as possible to help prevent any other issues (growth of mold or mildew, energy waste, weakened security, etc.).
In many cases, replacing a single window replacement cost can range anywhere from $200 to $1,200, with an average mid-range window costing around $600, plus the cost of installation. Note: these figures are ballpark estimates and not true to your project. Contact a professional to discuss your options and get a quote.
Hire an Experienced Team
When it comes to keeping your home beautiful and energy-efficient, you need to go with the best contractor available. Are you looking for the best window replacement near you? J&K Roofing is your windows and roofing expert and serves the Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Front Range areas. We’re certified in all materials and have great relationships with suppliers and window manufacturers.
Contact us today to talk about your window replacement needs! 303-425-7531