Replacing Windows - 5 Signs It's Time for Replacement
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
When it comes to replacing windows, most design professionals agree that new, quality products should last at least 15-20 years. Windows built to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) guidelines can be expected to last 25 years. At some point, you can expect to repair your windows regularly, performing a number of other temporary fixes. Eventually, though, you will need to get around to replacing windows all over your house. When that time comes, trust the experts at Budget Windows & Doors - we take great pride in our work and place special emphasis on customer satisfaction.
Replacing Windows - 5 Signs It's Time for Replacement
After you've done some general maintenance on your windows - adding caulking and insulation, for example - it will become apparent that you need to contact someone for a full replacement. Here are 5 signs to watch out for.
1. Your windows are letting in a draft
If you are noticing drafts around your home and detect that they're coming through your windows even after caulking and weatherstripping a few times, it's time to get new windows installed.
Remember: If your windows are poorly installed, you’ll feel drafts coming from them because they don’t fit properly in the opening. That means there will be gaps between the window and its frame.
Installing windows isn’t a DIY job. Make sure you hire a professional. Budget Windows & Doors can make sure your windows fit into the opening perfectly and you won’t feel any drafts.
2. You've noticed an increase in your energy bill
Drafty or damaged windows can cause your energy bills to be about 10% to 25% higher, according to Energy.gov. Replacing old, drafty, single-paned windows with Energy Star certified products can result in substantial savings in your energy costs. As an added bonus, those new windows - and the resulting energy cost savings - can be a big selling point if you’re considering selling your home.
Replacing old, drafty, single-paned windows with Energy Star certified products can result in substantial savings in your energy costs.
3. The windows are outdated
Windows are one of the most prominent features of a home, and if they look worn, your house will too. You should check whether the colour is fading or the window material is warping, and if old screens or storm windows detract from the curb appeal of your home.
Bigger windows are also trending as 2019 approaches and as we learn more about the benefits of natural light. According to Forbes, installing larger windows to increase a room’s natural light has aesthetic and health benefits. Naturally lit environments increase productivity and comfort, plus help regulate your circadian rhythms for better general wellness.
If your windows look worn, your house will too.
4. There is frequent condensation on your windows
Window condensation between the panes is a significant sign of failure. This could be a sign of broken seals in your window, meaning your windows may have lost or are losing their ability to insulate. If one or two or more of the windows in your home have these between-the-glass droplets moisture from cracked seals, then it’s very likely that the other windows would need to be replaced as well.
It's important to note that not all condensation means that the windows are bad. If you have a very high level of humidity in your home, you may want to address that first because condensation will always gravitate to the coolest surface. If you have any questions or are not sure of the nature of the issue, contact Budget Windows & Doors and we'll be happy to help.
Window condensation between the panes is a significant sign of failure.
5. Your windows are visibly cracked, damaged, or warped
It’s sometimes possible to repair a window instead of replacing it. If the problem is minor, such as needing new weatherstripping or hardware, a repair might be the best option. But replacing windows that are damaged, warped, or cracked is almost always preferred to attempting a repair.
A damaged window frame is not only unattractive, but it also compromises the efficiency of your insulation, siding, and heating and air conditioning. Cracks can also let in small pests and insects, and nobody wants that!
Replacing windows that are damaged, warped, or cracked is almost always preferred to attempting a repair.
Trust Budget Windows & Doors
When it comes to replacing windows, you can trust Budget Windows & Doors. With over 20 years of experience, we take great pride in our work and place special emphasis on customer satisfaction.
Regardless of the size and scope of projects, owner and president Robert Lindner will personally meet with you, listen to your ideas and needs, and make experienced suggestions and recommendations.
Through client consultation, he is able to determine the true needs of your project, conscientiously aware of time and budget constraints that could potentially be a deterrent in moving forward. He is able to “adapt to” and “grow with” projects, to contribute to and possibly further enhance his clients vision and to deliver their expectations “on time and on budget”!
Our highly trained professionals also take great care to replace windows and doors.
What Budget Windows & Doors customers are saying:
"Budget's team installed a new bay window for us last winter and updated the insulation around the window. The windows are high quality and made locally in Ontario. We have noticed a significant difference in the temperature control in our room and we love our new window! The owner took the time to review our options and provided us a great price (he was the best of the 3 quotes we received). His installer was very professional and we couldn't be happier!" - Aaron Bruce
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