If you have been struggling with repairing or replacing your current windows, you are not alone. Many homeowners are in the same predicament you are. The cost of replacing your windows can be high, but replacing your windows could save you a considerable amount of money in the long run. My-General Contractor is here to shed some light on the matter. Following are some signs that you may need to replace your windows.
Benefits of Replacing Your Windows
Recently, there has been a rise in homeowners choosing to replace their windows rather that repair the old ones they currently have. Many people who own older houses have wood framed windows. Several homeowners are making the switch to vinyl, fiberglass, metal or new wood windows because they are becoming more cost effective to replace rather than repair. Homeowners can also see savings in their energy bill when they make the switch. Not only does it make sense financially in the long run to replace, it can save you from the headache that old windows can cause.
How Can I Tell if My Windows Need to be Replaced?
If you are unsure if you need to repair or replace your windows, here are some signs that replacing them may be the better choice.
Feel the Glass – If you feel your glass in the summer and you feel heat, it is time to replace the window. It is no longer keeping the heat out of your home, and in turn, costing you money on your energy bill.
Cold Drafts During Winter Months – There is a common misconception that if you feel drafts coming in your windows during the winter months, you can apply new weather stripping and fix the problem. This may temporarily fix your problem, but the problem will likely return. These drafts are caused by the wood frame warping from weather exposure creating gaps. Weather stripping is simply a band-aid that can’t solve the real problem. You will be better off replacing the window all together.
Single Pane Windows – If you have single pane windows, replacing them will save you money. Single pane windows are the least energy efficient window you can have. They aren’t productive at keeping the heat or cold outside and can end up costing you a lot of money.
Struggling to Open and Close Windows – If your windows haven’t been painted properly, they can start to rot or rust. This can make it extremely hard to open and close your window. Older windows may have a problem with balance, causing them to be difficult to open and close. If this is the case, it is time to replace.
Condensation Between Panes – When you have double or triple paned windows, there is a gap between the panes of glass. If you notice that there is condensation or frost building up between the window panes, your window isn’t working properly. It means the insulated glass is no longer doing its job. You will at very least have to replace the glass, if not the entire window.
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There are times that older windows can be repaired and you can still get some time out of them. Look at all your window options though, because it may be more cost effective to replace them rather than waste your time and money on repairing old windows. If you are in need of new windows, My-General Contractor can help you choose and install the right windows for your house and budget. Call us today!