When Should You Replace Windows and Doors?

Updated: Aug 26, 2019

It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly when you should replace windows and doors in your home. It's important to know when to undertake these tasks in order to make sure your home remains modern and efficient. Read on to discover how you can determine when you should replace windows and doors. When that time comes, contact the experienced professionals at Budget Windows & Doors - we take great pride in our work and place special emphasis on customer satisfaction.

When Should You Replace Windows and Doors?


Most window design professionals agree that new, quality windows should last at least 15 and 20 years before you should consider replacing them. Windows built to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) guidelines can be expected to last 25 years.

At around 15-25 years, you can expect to repair your windows regularly, adding caulking and insulation, and performing a number of other temporary fixes. Eventually, you will need to replace the entire unit.

Keep an eye on potential window issues.

Signs that your windows need replacing include:

1. Cracked windowpane/frame Some types of window damage should be fixed immediately - new weatherstripping or a hardware replacement, for example. A warped, broken, or damaged window sash or frame should be replaced.

A damaged window frame is not only unattractive, but also compromises the efficiency of your insulation, siding, and heating and air conditioning. The cracks can also let in small pests and insects, and nobody wants that!

2. Fogged glass This problem arises when you have double or triple-paned windows and condensation gets trapped between your windowpanes, usually from an opening or hole that is barely noticeable to you. A regular double-paned window is not as efficient as an air-filled one. So once it begins to leak, you should consider replacing it.

3. Soft frame If you have wooden windows, excess moisture can cause the windowsill to rot on the outside of the house. If the wooden sill feels soft to the touch, you should consider replacing the entire window and frame on the exterior. Even if you don’t notice any other defects on your windows, the window is likely to start breaking down in the near future.

4. Getting stuck Continually opening and closing your windows creates tiny grooves and divots. Over time, the stress of multiple openings on the window can cause cracks to form on the frame which can cause the door to stick while opening. That kind of wear and tear due to aging is a good indicator that your windows needs replacing.

5. Drafty rooms If there are cold drafts getting into your home through your windows even after caulking and weatherstripping a few times, it may be time to get new windows installed.

6. High energy bills If you notice your energy consumption increasing, it is possible that your windows are the problem. Replacing old, drafty, single-paned windows with Energy Star certified products can result in substantial savings in your energy costs.

If your energy bill is through the roof, you may need to replace your windows.


Your front door typically lasts much longer than windows, especially if you also enter your home through the garage or a side door. A front door should generally last up to 30 years of regular wear and tear, protecting you from the weather and potential intruders. Dings, dents and peeling paint seem like easy fixes, but small issues with your front door can lead to bigger overall issues in your home if not taken care of.

Reasons your front door needs to be replaced include:

1. Safety

Safety is probably the most important feature you want in a a front door. You want it to be an attractive and welcoming entry point for friends and family, but it’s primarily your barrier against intruders.

Look for cracks, dents and dings - these are signs that the structural integrity of your door may be compromised and in need of replacement. Newer doors have more sophisticated multi-point locking systems, and are built with strong materials like steel and fibreglass. 

2. Energy efficiency

Similar to your windows, a faulty front door can be a real energy sucker, and can up your monthly energy bill. Old doors can cause drafts, which will not only increase your monthly expenses, but can lead to illnesses and allergy flare-ups within your family. New doors are Energy Star® rated, providing you with an energy efficiency guarantee.

3. Style

A new front door is a quick and cost-effective way to refresh the look of your home without a major renovation. Your front door is a focal point of your home, so an upgrade means instant curb appeal. A stylishly functional door not only shuts out weather and holds in home energy, it increases your home’s value. Today’s doors are built with durable materials and insulations, which are integral to eliminating drafts and reducing street noise - plus they look amazing too!

A new front door is a quick and cost-effective way to refresh the look of your home without a major renovation.

Trust Budget Windows & Doors

When it comes time to replace your windows and doors, 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, we are 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. We will “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:

"Dealing with Budget Windows and Doors has been a refreshingly positive experience. From the initial site visit and estimate, to completion, my expectations were exceeded. Robert was polite and honest and his installer Lavern, is a master of his craft. The windows are top quality, attractive and Ontario-made. They ensured that everything was to my satisfaction including cleanup after the work was completed I would be happy to recommend Budget Windows and Doors for excellent work and a personal touch." - William Wirtz

Read more customer reviews here.

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