Unless you’re a window expert, recognizing when it’s time to consider replacing yours can be challenging. Thankfully, there are a few red flags that should make the decision a little bit easier. Below, our replacement window experts share six telltale signs that the time has come to invest in new windows.
It’s been more than 15 years.
As with many home fixtures, windows have a finite lifespan. Over time, wear and tear will take its toll on your windows, especially in a harsh climate such as ours, making them susceptible to drafts and other costly breakdowns. Additionally, the technology of window design is constantly improving. If it’s been 15 years or longer since your windows were installed, it’s probably time for an upgrade.
They’re not efficient.
Older windows, particularly those that feature just a single pane of glass, tend to let in the cold and fail to keep the heat out. As a result, the costs associate with heating and cooling your home become higher than necessary. If you’ve noticed your energy bills steadily increasing, especially when there are fluctuations in the outside temperature, there’s a good chance your windows are to blame.
They are yellowing, cracking or malfunctioning.
As windows age, they begin to show their wear, whether it be on the framing, the glass, the hardware itself or several of these. If your windows are no longer aesthetically pleasing, the glass is fogging or they’re simply no longer functioning the way they once did, it’s probably a sign that a window replacement is imminent.
They’re letting in water.
Water damage is a real concern for homeowners. And with rain storms like the ones we frequently have here in Dallas, it’s something that everyone should keep top of mind. When windows leak, it can lead to everything from the buildup of mold and mildew to serious flooding. All of this spells bad news for your home and property and can lead to costly damages that far exceed the cost of a window replacement.
You’re concerned about security.
These days, you can never be too careful about security – especially when it comes to the safety of your home and loved ones. Older windows were simply not designed with the security needs of modern family’s today in mind. To the contrary, replacement windows offer much greater protection, not only against the elements, but also against would-be intruders. If safety is a concern of yours, replacing your windows might be a wise decision.
They’re bringing your home value down.
Curb appeal is about more than just the way your home looks. It can actually help to raise the value of your property. Prospective home buyers may tend to shy away from a listing if they know they’ll have to invest in upgrades. Because replacement windows are more efficient and provide a greater degree of security, it can make your home more attractive to buyers once you’re ready to put it on the market. So, it’s technically an investment that could eventually pay for itself.
Notice any of these signs? Give us a call at (972) 420-4444! We’d be happy to provide a free, no-obligation estimate and answer any questions you may have.