A good set of window frames can last 20 years or more with proper care and maintenance, but there comes a time in every window’s cycle when it’s time to replace it with a better, newer model. Here are some of the signs you can look for when deciding whether to upgrade your own.
Check your windows for signs of damage. Frames should be inspected for cracks, gaps and other wear. Do they fog up? Do they stick, requiring a bit of elbow grease to open them? Minor problems can be repaired without replacing the entire window. “A window restoration specialist like Coviello—or even a good handyman or carpenter—can free up painted-shut upper sash; replace broken panes, sash cords, hardware, and glazing … and add weather-stripping,” Josh Garskof writes for Time. That sort of fix is likely to run you $100 to $350 per window. However, warped, cracked or otherwise badly damaged frames should be replaced instead of applying a band-aid to the problem. “Even if the windows are still operable, they can develop problems,” Kris Hanson, Senior Group Manager in Product Management at Marvin Windows and Doors, tells Forbes.
Are you fighting drafts and high energy bills? Drafty windows, especially ones with single-pane glass, are often the culprit. By installing new windows you can reduce heat loss by about 10 to 20 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. They should have weatherstripping at all movable joints; be made of strong, durable materials; and have interlocking or overlapping joints.
Does your home need a makeover? Windows are among your home’s most prominent features, and if they look worn, faded or otherwise damaged they will significantly tarnish your home’s appearance. Likewise, if you live in a historic home with vinyl windows that don’t quite match its cozy, rustic aesthetic.
Among the quickest ways to boost your home’s curb appeal is with a new set of replacement windows. “Architects and builders know that good design is critical for the longevity of a structure,” Hanson says. “Design considerations are a close second to quality when selecting new windows, and the overall vision or design theme of a home or space should be a driving force in the window selection process.” By replacing the old windows you can also improve your home’s air flow and flood your living space with more natural light, thus making it a cozier place to live.
If you think it may be time to replace your home’s windows, give the professionals at Goldfinch Bros. a call or fill out the form here on our website and a window replacement specialist will get in touch with you right away.