Learn the signs of bad windows!
Replacing the windows on your house is not the most exciting thing you can do this season, but it has a whole list of benefits that you will enjoy year-round! It also is not very straightforward to tell if your windows are near the end of their life and in need of replacing. If your windows are not aging gracefully, it may be time for replacements! Read on to learn the easiest ways to tell if your home needs new windows.
Below are some common issues that signal it may be time.
- Higher Utility Bills
- Leaking or increased condensation
- Increased outside noise
- Can feel a breeze when window is shut
- Window does not close and open easily or correctly
- Glass is cracked or broken
- Outdated and/or poor design
- Broken, rotting or cracked frame
Higher Utility Bills
A not so easy-to-detect sign that you need new windows is your home’s energy bill! If you notice that your energy bill swings are significant in the extreme cold and heat, then your windows could be to blame! Standard windows account for 30% of home energy loss, that is a lot of lost money! However, with American Sentry windows you could reduce your homes energy loss by 40%! A window replacement can help keep your energy bill in check by keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Leaking or Increased Condensation
The next sign your windows could use replacement is quite easy to spot! Water spots around your windows is a sign that your windows are leaking and in desperate need of help! A leaking window not only allows cold into your house, but it can damage your window’s frame by way of mold and mildew. If your home’s windows are wooden framed this could cause the frame to warp and to rot. This excess moisture will eventually ruin the window. For this reason, American Design and Build uses high quality vinyl windows that are warp resistant. Another cause for concern is excess condensation on or in between the two panes of glass. Excess condensation can be due poor home ventilation or possibly the window’s seal being compromised. A compromised window seal allows moisture to get between the two panes thus reducing the window’s energy efficiency.
Increased Outside Noise
Another way to tell if your windows need replacing is if outside noise is increasingly loud. Over time windows will allow more noise to get through, and this could be an easy way to determine if your windows need some attention! New windows not only increase energy efficiency, they also can make your home quieter from all the hustle and bustle of the outside world.
Can Feel a Breeze When Window Is Shut
A quick and easy way to see if your windows are failing you is to stand or sit by the window and notice if you feel a breeze with the window shut. Another way is to take a flame and hold it near the window (without touching it). If the flame flickers you know you have a drafty window! Drafty windows allow cold/warm air in your house (depending on the season). Drafty inefficient windows can make your cooling and heating cost skyrocket, so it is best to replace them sooner rather than later.
Window Does Not Close or Open Easily
Old windows not only allow drafts in your home but can also be a pain to open and close. Windows that are difficult to open/close or don’t function properly could mean a replacement could be needed soon. If this sounds like your windows, schedule a free quote from American Design and Build. Our experts will determine the integrity of your windows and make recommendations based on your needs!
Glass is Cracked or Broken
If your windows are broken or cracked this is an obvious cause for concern. Although not always cause for a full window replacement, it may be a good opportunity to inspect the rest of the window. If you notice your window’s sash, casing, sill, or lock is damaged it may be a good time to replace it with a new window! Broken windows can allow water to penetrate the glass which can cause rot on wooden cased windows. At American Design and Build we used vinyl cased windows that will not warp and are rot resistant!
Outdated and/or Poor Design
Outdated or poorly designed windows can deteriorate faster than high-quality, modern windows. American Design and Build uses top-quality and professionally made windows. However, if previous homeowners or contractors installed poor-quality windows on your home, it could come back to bite YOU! These types of windows will not hold up to the elements as well as a professionally made and installed windows will. When it comes to your next windows project, don’t use budget windows as it could cost you more in the long run! Furthermore, professionally made windows at American Design and Build will accent your house’s beauty and add to your home’s curb appeal!
Broken, Rotting, or Cracked Frame
As mentioned previously, a bad frame is cause for immediate concern. Think of the frame of your windows like that of the foundation of your house. The frame is the window’s basis of support and makes it so your window can function properly. If your frame is rotted, cracked, or warped it will most definitely affect the performance of the window! Problems with your windows frame can get worse with time, so it is important to get your windows inspected if you suspect frame damage. American Design and Build offers FREE estimates on all home improvement projects, so if you think it may be time to consider new windows there has never been a better time to call!
In conclusion, windows are not something that are common to think about, but it is important to make sure your windows are in good shape. As mentioned, a significant amount of energy can be lost through old, drafty windows, and this results in an elevated, costly energy bill! A simple inspection can save you a ton of headaches in the future. If you are unsure about your windows, give American Design and Build a call. American Design and Build will give you honest and upfront advice on your specific situation.