How do You Know When it’s Time to Replace Your Windows?

Some home remodeling decisions come down to aesthetics, but sometimes, the decision is made for you. Even the best windows have a life span, and after a while, it will be necessary to change them. Repairing older windows is a viable option in some cases. However, there are times when the best and most affordable decision is to upgrade. Here are a few signs that you should think about getting new windows.

You Have Trouble Opening and Closing Them

This is relatively common with old windows, so you know that when this happens, you should start thinking about replacements. If you have double hung windows, you may also notice that the balance is off. In some cases, the windows may start to slip when they are open. Some homeowners are even forced to prop up the windows to keep them open. Windows with wooden frames often develop issues due to rot.

The House Starts to Get Drafty

The older the windows are the more air that can get in even when they are closed. This makes the home’s interior chilly, it can also cause your home to lose heat during the cold months. Applying a weather strip can help, but this is not a long-term solution to the problem. You should also note that these strips will not do much good if the windows or frames are warping.

Your Heating Bill Keeps Increasing

Everyone knows that keeping heat from escaping helps your heating system to perform more efficiently. As windows age and gaps start to appear, some of the heat will escape. Your system will have to work harder to keep the home warm, leading to a jump in your bills. Applying sealants to keep in the warm air can be effective, but this solution is short term. 

Increased Aesthetic Appeal

When it is time to replace your windows, you can take the opportunity to add a little zing to the look of your home. Updating your windows does not necessarily mean that you have to stick with the same style. Mix it up some. Install a large bay window instead of two or three windows in close proximity. Take the opportunity to increase the size of the windows throughout your home if you’d like to let in more natural light.

Window replacement is not the kind of job that should be taken lightly. You will need quality workmanship and experience. If you call us at Laurie’s Certified Construction, we can show you how new windows can make your home stand out. Keep an eye out for these warning signs, and call us at 802-862-4754 when you are ready to breathe new life into your home.

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