If your windows are inching toward the 20-year mark, it may be time to upgrade. High-quality and well-designed windows play an important role in the overall health of your home. They provide energy efficiency and increase natural light in your home. But even the highest quality windows have finite lifespans. The question is, how do you know when it’s time to replace your windows?
Sometimes the indicator for window replacement is clear as day but other times, it might not be as obvious. Here is a list of warning signs that may indicate it’s time for a window renovation.
1. Your energy bill has increased
Let’s face it, we live in Minnesota and it’s cold nine months out of the year. It’s completely normal for your energy bill to increase during winter months. But are these bills continuing to increase at a rate that is higher than average? If you’re always adjusting the thermostat and cannot manage to get the temperature in your home right, this could be a sign that your windows need to be updated. Drafts are a key indicator that there is a problem.
2. Your windows are covered with condensation
Humidity and moisture can play a role in causing condensation into your home. If your windows are lacking proper insulation, condensation can enter and cause mold or rot the windows and frames. If this is a consistent issue, replacing windows is essential to avoid additional home damage.
3. You notice decay around your window frames
Window frames can become damaged by natural elements over time. If the paint is cracked or peeling and the wood surfaces aren’t consistent, this may be a sign that there are issues with your windows. Likewise, if your window isn’t opening or closing properly, this could be an indicator of rotting wood. And, if your windows aren’t opening or closing properly, this could transpire into gaps that then cause water damage—it’s a vicious cycle.
4. Your windows are outdated or have sustained years of severe weather
The average life of residential windows is anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Home location and window type/brand will impact the longevity of your windows. That said, if you’ve been in your home for 15 or 20 years without a window inspection, now is the time.
In addition, if your home has sustained multiple bouts of severe weather over the years but you haven’t had an inspection, it is a good idea to get your windows checked. Chips, cracks or other small window infractions can turn into larger issues if left untreated. If you notice things like water stains on ceilings or warped floorboards, it could be a sign of damage that original stems from faulty windows or other exterior components of your home.
Unsure if it’s time to replace your windows? Reach out to a trusted window contractor and request an inspection. While you can take photographs of the damage and document any problem areas you see, an experienced contractor will want to assess any window damage in person and look at the surrounding areas of your home.