When debating whether to buy replacement windows, look out for certain signs that will point you in the right direction. Age is an obvious indicator: in fact, decades-old windows tend to show signs of its age, all of which are well worth paying attention to.
As for other, less obvious signs, here’s a list of what you should look out for.
Signs of damage and warping – Minor problems like broken locks or hinges can be easily replaced. Other, bigger issues, like warping, cracking, or damage from a direct impact could compromise window performance and operation and require replacement. In addition, replace your windows if the hardware seems to be fine yet the windows are still difficult to open, close, or keep in one position, or if the windows tend to be drafty or foggy.
Your energy bill is on the rise – Rising energy consumption even if you haven’t been using additional electrical devices may mean your windows are the culprit. Leaky windows tend to allow thermal transfer to happen, which causes heat loss during cold days and heat gain during hot days. Consequently, your heating and cooling systems consume more energy to compensate. Replacing with energy-efficient windows, like our HomeCraft vinyl windows and ProVia® Endure™ with ComforTech™ glass packages, can reduce your monthly energy consumption.
You’re not getting enough fresh air – Most of us spend about 90% of our time in indoor environments, where we are susceptible to indoor air pollutants and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from common building materials. If you have inoperable windows, either by design or by wear and tear, then you should have it replaced. The long-term health benefits are worth it.
Your indoors are too dark – When a room is too dark during the day, consider replacing with bigger glass area windows. The increased natural light can make your indoors look bigger and more inviting. Plus, it also reduces your reliance on indoor electrical lighting, resulting in further energy savings.
Homecraft Inc. serves homeowners in Wilmington and Bear, DE and nearby areas. To know more about our window services, including wood window installation, call us today at (877) 494-0377 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation.