Is now the right time for window replacement?
Even high-quality designs that are professionally installed don’t last forever. The average lifespan is 20 years at best – and many builder-grade windows only last for 5 to 10 years.
However, when it comes to deciding when to replace yours, age is not the only factor involved. If you notice any of the following warning signs, it may be time to put window replacement at the top of your home improvement project list.
No. 1: Your Windows Are Damaged or Broken
For some types of minor problems – like deteriorated weather stripping or a broken latch, for example – repair is an option. However, in cases of warping, significant damage or other major problems, replacement is usually the wisest course of action.
No. 2: Your Windows Don’t Open and Close Easily
As the years go by, single- and double-hung models often grow more and more difficult to operate. If yours aren’t easy to open and close, you may want to schedule window replacement before they become completely jammed or start abruptly falling closed.
No. 3: Your Home Is Getting Drafty
Older single-pane styles frequently produce uncomfortable drafts years after installation. However, even high-quality windows with double-pane construction can develop broken seals or air leaks that make your home feel quite drafty. If drafts are a problem, window replacement is the solution.
No. 4: Your Windows Are Fogging Up
Do you have dual- or triple-pane windows? Fogging, condensation and mildew are signs that their seals are broken – which means they’re no longer efficiently insulating your home. Put off replacement, and you’ll end up wasting money on heating and cooling.
No. 5: Your Energy Bills Are Rising
Maybe you haven’t noticed a draft, and you see no signs of broken or damaged seals. Don’t assume you’re in the clear – if your energy bills are higher than they used to be, window replacement could help you stop overpaying the utility company.
No. 6: Your Home Could Use a Makeover
Does your house look dated? Replacing your windows could be the ideal home improvement project, boosting your curb appeal while also creating a more comfortable interior and improving airflow throughout the rooms. With the wide selection of styles and shapes – and the many newly available features – installing new windows may just make your property the envy of the neighborhood!
Are you ready for window replacement? If you live in northern Utah, explore your options with the professionals at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors. We represent many of the most highly-respected manufacturers in the world, including JELD-WEN, Miligard, AMSCO, Lincoln and Win-Door Systems. With our wide range of options, we can plan installations to fit any budget.
Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors offers free, no-obligation consultations and estimates to homeowners in the greater Salt Lake City area and all along the Wasatch Front. To discuss window replacement with our friendly team, contact our Orem office today.