You may be familiar with the obvious signs that your windows need replacing. Have you noticed frost gathering on the inside of the pane? Or maybe you’ve noticed cold or warm drafts leaking through? These are two very obvious signs that your windows need replacement.
However, there are some signs that might be a bit easier to ignore…
My Energy Bills Are too High
Undoubtedly, there has been a spike in energy-conscious home design in recent years. Homeowners are more willing to invest in energy-efficient windows and save money in the long run. So, if you’ve noticed a drain on your energy bills, it might be time to consider replacing your windows. Luckily, there is a wide range of different ranges, prices, and assortments of window options to choose from. However, energy-efficiency should be a priority, especially if you live in regions with severe weather conditions.
My Home Needs More Light
Some homes, whether they were designed recently or in distant decades, do not include adequate natural lighting. In many ways, this point goes hand-in-hand with energy efficiency. With more natural light, there’s less need to turn on artificial lighting, effectively cutting down on energy expenses.
Also, for your home’s resale value, windows are extremely important. Most modern homes are now designed with expansive and numerous windows. So, if your home feels less like a main level and more like a basement, you may consider installing additional windows or expanding on the size of existing windows.
Another design to consider is installing a bay window to maximize the natural light entering your home and even provide additional seating space. It’s a win-win!
My Home has Single-Paned Windows
If your home was built before the 1960s or 1970s, chances are your windows are single-paned. As the name suggests, single-paned windows are made with only one pane. In contrast, double or triple paned windows have either two or three panes and include argon gas to provide additional insulation. Double or triple paned windows offer far more superior insulation and will improve the energy efficiency of your home.
If you live in regions with severe weather conditions – whether that be heat or cold – you’ll want to ensure your windows offer adequate protection against the elements. Single-paned windows, although cheaper to purchase, will cause you more headache and higher energy bills in the long run.
My Window is Leaking and/or My Frame is Damaged or Decaying
When was the last time you inspected your window casings or frames? If your house is older, you may consider completing a visual inspection and noting any damages. Not only can these damages create leaks – which can have negative impacts on you home’s interior – but it can also cause drafts to sneak into your home.
Although not all damages require window replacement and can simply be repaired, it’s important to note the efficiency of your windows. If you’re spending the money for a repair, it might be more ideal to replace inefficient windows.
If you’ve noticed any damages but are unsure of the severity, contact us if your located in Alberta, and we can assess the damage and help you with your next step.
I’m Struggling to Open or Close My Windows
If you have slide or crank windows that are difficult to open, it may be a sign that they need to be replaced, especially if your windows are quite old.
Similar to damages, this difficulty could be curbed through a repair. However, if multiple windows face the same problem, it’s a good sign that window replacement may be necessary.
Remember, opening and closing a window should be an effortless procedure. If it’s not, then you may consider calling a local window company for a consultation.
Questions or Inquires?
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