Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can indicate it’s time for replacement windows. Well-made windows can last for a long time, but the Rochester elements, heavy use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a home’s windows. If you aren’t sure if your windows are approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Rochester just survived a severe storm.
Regions that are likely to face severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for possible damage if they faced weather beyond what they were designed to handle.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leave your home and allow outside air to drift in. Window drafts push your heating and cooling system to work harder than it needs to and can cost you more on your energy bills. Drafty windows can also hint at other issues, such as a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of damaged window panes or other necessary repairs because of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you determine if such a window can be fixed with a small amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to lower your power bill
Have you found that your energy bills are abnormally expensive? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can force your utility bills to go up by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for energy as your HVAC system has to work overtime to replace the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window experts can work with you to determine which type of windows might be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Rochester.
- You discover condensation between your window panes
While indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could lead to window damage. Discovering condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many situations it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation appearing between the panes of the window can reflect an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or remedied with proper window replacement.
- Your house is undergoing a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—when so many other elements of your home are getting a redesign, why not consider your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are older, and you will want your windows to mirror the new look of your remodeled home. If you are replacing your windows with more expansive panes of glass, they can bring more light to your living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Rochester has a wide array of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new style.
Don’t wait until trouble comes—use these signs to help decide if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of Rochester a call at 507-847-1060 or visit our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.