Your windows play a large role in your home. They bring in light and fresh air and are part of your home’s style. While scheduled maintenance can help keep windows working smoothly for years, even the best windows will need to be replaced at some point. So how do you know whether it’s better to replace, rather than repair, your windows? Here are three signs to watch for:
- Poor performance – when you
start noticing air leaking in or
see condensation and fogging on or between the glass panes, it
might be time to consider window replacement.
Difficulty opening and closing the windows, including those that have been painted or
nailed shut, is another indicator you might
need new windows.
- Appearance – chipping,
deterioration and water stains on the inside or outside of the window are
obvious indicators of worn down windows. Many homeowners will
also consider window replacement when their current
windows’ design or style no longer goes with the
rest of the home.
- Effort – if replacement parts
are difficult to find or no longer sold, or when cleaning is a
big hassle, start thinking about an upgrade. These issues are more
common for old homes that still have their original windows, which
likely experience problems with performance and appearance, as
Some window replacement projects depend less on performance and more on a homeowner’s lifestyle or style preferences. For example, new windows can help lessen obnoxious sounds coming from outside, such as traffic, weather and noisy neighbors. In some cases, exposure can cause windows on one side of your house to wear sooner than the others. You can attempt to find replacement styles and colors that best match your existing windows, but consider replacing the windows on that side of your home, or try to find alternatives if you can’t find a close match.
Energy efficiency should also be a consideration if you’re pondering a window replacement. Energy efficient glass options can provide better protection on your interior furniture, paint and decorations by helping block harmful ultraviolet rays that might cause fading. Additionally, consider replacing fixed windows that don’t open. Venting windows help let in more fresh air into your home, taking a light load off your heating and cooling equipment when the weather in Rochester is nice.
If you have other questions about replacing your home’s windows, visit a sales representative at the Pella showroom in Rochester, or call 507-847-1060.