Are You Throwing Money Out the Window?
You know your windows are nearing the end of their lifespan, but it seems wasteful to replace them when they’re seemingly still doing their job. However, you don’t want to wait too long and be left with windows that affect your quality of life and the comfort of your home.
Fortunately, there are subtle signs that indicate your windows are starting to fail. Here are some common signs that it’s time to shop for replacement windows from Wallaby Windows.
1. Your Windows Don’t Work Properly
It’s a balmy evening and you open a window to enjoy the lovely weather, only to discover that the window jams or sticks. Windows that won’t open or close properly should be replaced.
Over time, windows develop rust and mold that prevent them from functioning correctly. They may even start to rot; this deterioration and wear ultimately compromises your window’s performance.
2. You Feel Cold Drafts When You’re Near a Window
If you frequently feel a gust of cold air when you’re standing near a window or feel like certain areas of your home are never comfortable, this may mean that your windows’ seals are damaged or deteriorating.
Damaged window seals make your home less energy-efficient, increasing your heating and cooling costs and putting unnecessary stress on your home’s HVAC system.
A home with drafts will require more energy to maintain a comfortable interior temperature. Replacing your windows will help you lower your home’s energy usage, reduce your heating and cooling costs, and keep your home at your preferred temperature.
3. Condensation Forms Between Your Glass Panes
Should you notice that moisture develops on your windows (especially on a chilly day), this is an indication that your window’s glazing is starting to fail. This failing glaze allows moisture to enter the area between the window’s glass panes and form condensation.
Moisture that enters your home can eventually damage your home’s structure, leading to costly repairs. Replacing failing windows helps you keep the rest of your home in good condition.
4. Every Noise Feels Like It’s Coming from Inside Your Home
If it seems like all your neighborhood’s noise is coming from inside your home, this can indicate that you need replacement windows. Windows that don’t supply ample levels of insulation allows outdoor noises to invade your home and disrupt your life.
Replacement windows will give your home the insulation it needs to block out noise pollution. There are even window styles available that minimize the transfer of sound, helping you maintain a quieter, more peaceful home.
5. Your Window Frames are Starting to Decay
As your windows get older, it’s normal for the elements and typical wear and tear to affect the frames. While you can replace a damaged frame, if you notice that multiple window frames are cracked, decaying, or molding, this is indicative of a larger problem.
Failing to fix the cause of the damaged frame (your old windows) will result in additional damage to your frames.
When you’re exploring replacement windows, you can even select from styles with frames that are known for their durability and long lifespans.
6. Your Utility Bills Are Abnormally High
Windows that are nearing the end of their lifespan will develop leaks and cracks around their frames. This deterioration means that your windows no longer have an airtight seal.
Instead, these holes and cracks allow your home’s cold air to escape when the weather is hot and permit frigid exterior air to enter your home when you’re experiencing chilly temperatures. Your heating and cooling costs will increase because your windows are doing a poor job of keeping your home insulated.
If you’re not sure if your windows have a leak, there’s a simple way to check them. Grab a lighter and hold the flame near each corner of the window. If the flame twinkles, this means that air is entering your home through a leak in your window.
7. Your Windows Have Experienced Storm Damage
Unfortunately, the wind and moisture associated with severe weather have a high likelihood of damaging many portions of your home, including your windows. High winds can cause cracks to develop in your windows, while exposure to moisture eventually causes your windows to start to decay.
Debris from a severe storm can also cause scratches and additional damage that impacts the integrity of your windows.
When shopping for replacement windows, consider replacing them with Impact Windows. Impact Windows are designed to stand up to hurricane-force winds. They’re manufactured using impact-resistant glass and protective materials that offer protection from flying debris and high winds.
If a severe storm does damage your Impact Windows, these windows are more likely to remain attached to your home’s frame, minimizing additional storm damage to your home.
While Impact Windows are more expensive than other options, they’re a smart investment for homeowners who live in areas where hurricanes, storms, or severe weather are a regular occurrence.
Shop for Your Replacement Windows from Wallaby Windows
By waiting to replace your old windows, you’re potentially losing hundreds of dollars to higher-than-necessary heating and cooling bills. Start shopping for new windows to improve the energy efficiency of your home and ensure that your home is comfortable and safe.
Want to explore options for your replacement windows or get an estimate for replacing your impact windows? Contact Wallaby Windows to get started!
Wallaby Windows is a company that specializes in window replacements. We are committed to providing our customers with the best possible service, and we guarantee that you will be happy with your new windows. With over 50 years of combined experience in home services and construction, we are confident that we can provide you with a high-quality product that will last for years.