While some may consider windows a decorative part of the home, they also serve a protective function. The right windows also have the potential to add value and curb appeal while increasing energy efficiency to your home. Understanding when it’s the right time to update or replace your windows can be overwhelming. We’ve got you.
Here are three things Minnesota homeowners should consider when making a decision about window replacements.
There is no definitive time to replace windows –- some windows last 20 years and others can last up to 50. And some windows suffer storm damage well before those years are up. So, how do you know when it’s time to replace your windows?
A few signs that your windows need replacing:
- Cracks in the window frame or windowsill
- Windows that are hard to open or unable to close tight
- Loose or rattling window panes
- Moisture forms on the window panes or on the windowsill
- An increase in your energy bill that can not be explained
- Broken windowpane
Broken windows may seem like a no-brainer to replace but some homeowners try to get a little more life out of their windows by taping or boarding them up. This will not keep the weather elements out. Broken windows should always be replaced right away.
Minnesota seasons can be extreme. From the cold, sub zero temps in the winter to the blazing, hot summer sun. Having energy efficient windows can help keep your home the right temperature all year long while also keeping your home airtight and preventing any leaks of air or moisture.
When shopping for windows, check the National Fenestration Rating Council [NFRC] label for the U-Factor and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient ratings. The U-Factor rating for windows should be 0.30 or below. In addition, look for the Energy Star designation. The Minnesota Commerce Department has a great resource on replacing windows.
Window prices vary but it’s important to buy quality, energy efficient windows that will last, add curb appeal and value to your home. Sometimes, these windows can also offer tax savings. In Minnesota, homeowners who buy Energy Star-certified windows are eligible for savings and tax credits.
If you think it might be time to replace your windows or would like a window assessment, Close to Home Construction can help. We offer free window consultations and can walk you through the process of finding the right fit for your home at the best rate, with the best level of efficiency possible.