Contributed by Mark
If your home has worn-out or broken windows, you’re probably wondering how to best deal with them. Having them repaired may be the obvious (and more cost-effective) option, but sometimes a simple fix-up won’t work anymore. Sometimes, investing in window replacement can be the best and most sensible solution, what with the home improvement project boosting not only your home’s curb appeal but its overall comfort and energy efficiency as well.
So how do you know when you’re due for a window replacement? Here are six reasons you can keep in mind:
- Your Existing Windows are Old and Failing
Seeing warping, cracking, rot, and other signs of wear and tear on the window framing material? How about broken glass and fading on the original trim color as well? If you spot these signs on your current units, you may be due for a window replacement.
Why Replace? When extensive damage has already compromised the windows’ structural integrity, restoring them fully via repairs may not cut it. They aren’t just unsightly–old and damaged windows are a hazard to your home’s safety and security, as well, resulting in more problems down the line. However, with quality replacement by a trusted window company, you can prevent these issues and ensure your family’s well-being.
- Your Windows Don’t Operate Properly
Ask yourself: Do your existing windows stick or jam? Do they no longer open or close fully? Do they require force to open or close? If you’ve answered “Yes” to these questions, you’re due for a window replacement.
Why Replace? Difficulties in window operation are usually due to rusting or damaged hardware, and the best way to fix them is to replace the broken parts. When you take age and extensive weather damage into account, however, you’ll find that warping and issues with the balance system have made your windows inoperable. Investing in newer units allow for smooth and worry-free operation, which is convenient, but this also means your window will be safer to use.
- You Want to Spruce Up Your Home
Window replacement offers the perfect opportunity to boost your home’s curb appeal and value. Newer units come in a variety of customization options, making them easier to match with your home’s look. With the right combinations, your windows can even further add to historic or architectural accuracy. Here are some of the design factors you should consider in this home improvement project:
- Specific windows work better with a particular architecture. Picture windows, for instance, are a staple in contemporary-modern homes because of their sleek appearance and expansive glass. On the other hand, casement windows add to the rustic charm of old-world Cottage and Cabin-style homes. If you want something which can complement both traditional and modern architecture, go for double hung windows’ clean and simple design.
- Shape and Size. Bigger windows allow more access to natural light and ventilation, giving your home a bright and airy feel. If you want to create a unique focal point to a negative wall space, you should invest in specialty windows, which come in a variety of shapes.
- Color Combinations. Replacement windows today are available in a wide selection of colors–some of them even emulate the rich and natural look of real wood grain. The latter feature is especially handy for vintage homes.
- Grille Pattern. These include Prairie, Colonial, and Farmhouse grilles. Choosing the right one for your window can further add to your home’s distinctive appearance.
- You Want to Save Energy
Damaged windows allow outdoor air to leak inside and regulated air to leak out. Before damaged windows compromise thermal comfort and efficiency, you should go for prompt window replacement.
Why Replace? Newer windows have more durable and airtight seals, providing better home insulation. This eliminates air leakage and ensures indoor air stays in and outdoor air stays out. Because replacement windows stabilize indoor temperature, your HVAC system need not work overtime. This reduces unnecessarily high energy consumption, letting you enjoy significant energy savings down the line. Just make sure your new windows are energy-efficient, and one easy way to do this is by looking for the ENERGY STAR label. This ensures the replacement window you’re interested in has met stringent energy performance ratings set by the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Your Windows Have Condensation Between the Panes
“Sweating” windows can only mean that their seals have already failed, releasing inert insulating gas. With your windows no longer insulating as they should, that means you’re due for a window replacement.
Why Replace? Newer windows insulate better, offering not just thermal comfort and energy savings, but clearer views of the outdoors as well.
- You’re Concerned About Outdoor Noise
Old windows let in a lot of air, and where air can flow through, a noise will follow. To filter out neighborhood traffic and other outdoor noise from your home, you should consider replacing your existing windows with new ones.
Why Replace? New windows mean new seals that keep air leakage at bay. With reduced air leakage, noise transfer is also reduced, letting you enjoy more peace and quiet inside your home.
Window replacement can help you keep a lovelier, more comfortable, and energy efficient home, making it a worthwhile investment for every homeowner. Just make sure to hire a reputable window company for the job. A pro can guarantee the work goes off without a hitch, ensuring you make the most of your investment.
Mark Chaikin is the president of Renewal by Andersen of Northern Virginia-DC. A part of the window industry since 1974, he knows the value of putting customer needs first, providing homeowners with a range of quality window solutions to address their particular needs. For updates from Mark, check out the company blog!