5 Telltale Signs That You Need to Replace Your Windows

Last updated on September 22, 2020

Window replacement isn’t cheap so it’s never the first thing on your remodeling list. However, these 5 signs will tell you when it’s inevitable. Read on!

Home improvement projects can be both time-consuming and expensive, so it’s no surprise that most of us tend to put off replacing windows until it’s absolutely necessary. But how do you know when a window simply can’t go on without being replaced any longer? We’ve put together some glaring telltale signs to look out for that signify you’re in need of a new window. 

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You’re Getting a Lot of Noise

If your windows are providing very little protection from external sounds, it might be that they were poorly made in the first place, or the sealant is starting to wear away. Updating your windows to newer, double- or triple-pane glass insulated with Krypton or Argon gas can make a massive difference when it comes to the amount of noise you hear inside from the outdoors, which can be especially useful if you live on a busy road or in a noisy neighborhood. 

Your Home is Drafty

If you tend to feel a breeze when you’re close to the window, even if it is closed, there could be a number of issues at play most of which will point to a window replacement being needed. A drafty window could be the result of worn seals or poor installation and can lead to big problems with the temperature of your home that can certainly cause your energy bills to skyrocket. 

Damaged Window Frames

While you might be able to get away for a little longer if your window frame is slightly scratched, if they are chipped and soft to touch, chances are they are beyond repair and should be replaced as soon as possible. Soft window frames are a sure sign of water infiltration or rot and if they haven’t already, the next step is for the window to start sagging. See this article for more tips on replacing rotting windows. 

Windows Won’t Open

Windows that were poorly installed tend to develop issues with the balance over time, which as a result can make them difficult to open and close. In addition, if your window is suffering from rot or has rusted over time, this can also make it very difficult to open or close it. Windows that do not open properly might not be too much of an issue if you have air conditioning but bear in mind that they could become a huge safety hazard in the event of a fire. And windows that don’t close properly can attract burglars. 

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Condensation

Finally, if you notice that your windows have started to develop a mist of condensation between the glass layers, it means that the sealing has failed which has allowed moisture to get to areas that it shouldn’t. As a result, the window will now be much less energy-efficient than it should be and will not be working correctly to keep the elements out of your home. 

Windows are, thankfully, parts of our homes that tend to be designed to last for years. But if you have noticed any of these telltale signs with your windows, it’s probably time to think about replacing them. 

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