When to Replace Your Windows
Home window design has seen some remarkable improvements in recent years. New models are more durable, better insulated, easier to use and, in many cases, more attractive. A variety of shapes and styles allow the windows to play an integral part in the overall look and layout of a home.
Reasons to Upgrade:
There are many good reasons to consider an upgrade:
- Rotting or deteriorating frame or casings. Inspect the woodwork, seals and other framing around your windows for any signs of damage or weakness. Any problem areas should be addressed as soon as possible.
- Leaking air or moisture. Look for any evidence of leaks alongside or under each window. Also, a slight air movement or breeze around a window can indicate a broken seal or damaged frame.
- Temperature change around windows. If the air in the area near the window seems to feel markedly different in temperature than the rest of the house, your old windows may not have proper insulating capabilities. Replacing them can usually lower your heating and cooling bills substantially.
- New look. New window designs can add extra beauty to a remodel or redecorating project.
- Unhandy design. Many older windows were hard to operate or to clean. New windows have better movement and features to make cleaning much easier and more efficient.
When to Upgrade
There are a lot of factors that can help you decide when to upgrade. If the structure or framework around the window is deteriorating or failing, then the sooner the better. The casings or seals can become compromised, causing the window to leak moisture into the walls, floors or foundation, potentially causing major damage to your home.
Another good time to upgrade is when resurfacing or changing the walls around them. In many cases you will have the trim or framework already exposed, so adding in new windows at that time will be much easier than going back and doing it later.
If you are adding new features and devices to your home such as a central vacuum or an improved heating and cooling system, it may be a good time to install windows with improved efficiency and better accessibility for cleaning.
Decorative or inspiring window placement can also add a fresh dimension to a home during a redesign or redecorating project.
How to Upgrade
Your new windows will be with you for many years, so it’s important to choose them wisely. Select a window design and look that fits your decorating style and house architecture, with an insulation factor and storm design that goes well with your climate and environment. Be sure to get the features you want, including the easy cleaning options.
Finally, you will need to decide whether you want to try installing the new windows yourself, or if you should get some help. For a project of this magnitude, most homeowners will turn to a home service professional for proper installation. Even the simplest mistake could cause extensive damage to the home, resulting in costly repairs later.
Once properly installed, your new windows should bring a fresh, new look to your home and serve you well for many years to come. Enjoy!