Windows provide a great deal of security for your home, just as much as they provide a wonderful view of outside. However, windows are not meant to last forever. Knowing when it is time to replace your home’s windows is important because, even if you buy the best brand name windows in the world, they are still going to eventually break down and need to be replaced. The truth of the matter is that once you hit the 15-year mark with windows, it is time to think about and look into potentially having them replaced. The longer you wait, the higher the chance that you are wasting money on energy costs or potentially doing damage to your home or the furniture in it.
Aside from age, there are a number of other factors that can lead to the need for replacement windows. These include the fact that you want to improve the energy efficiency in your home, they are hard to open and/or close, or you insulate with plastic. In addition, new windows may be in order if your windows frost, you feel a draft, or the noise from outside is no longer muted.
While painting your windows closed is a great way to insulate your home, it is also a fire hazard. If you or your family are unable to open the windows to climb out during a fire, it could lead to disaster. The same is true if you use plastic as insulation in the winter. While it keeps the cold air out, it also keeps the fire department out as well. It will take them longer to get to you or a family member if there is something preventing them from getting the windows open.
The opposite is also true. If you have trouble closing a window, it is the perfect way to feed a fire. Yes, you will be more likely to get out, but you will be unable to close it and prevent the fire from getting the oxygen it needs.
One of the biggest reasons why people choose window and door installation is to save money on their energy bill each month. While caulking and weather stripping can help, new, energy efficient windows can not only decrease your electric bill by up to 25%, it is also a huge selling point when you go to sell your home. In addition, there may also be tax savings available to cover some of the replacement costs.
If you live in a colder climate and your windows frost in the winter, you need to be aware that this is an indication that there is a problem. Older windows are usually made of no more than one sheet of glass that is wedged within a sill. It may already be fragile from many years of temperature changes, as well as from gravity pulling the glass downward. This can result is shattered glass during the next cold snap. New windows have two panes with a small gap for temperature moderation.