There’s an old adage that windows are the eyes of your house. Your windows’ aesthetics and stability represent a lot of what you’d like your home to convey. It’s important to make sure your windows are updated and maintained regularly, not just for aesthetic reasons, but for safety, as well.
If your windows are not in top shape, it can lead to weather damage, increased energy costs, and low resale value. If you’re concerned whether or not your windows may need a makeover, here are some tell-tale signs you should call your contractor.
If the windows have visible damage.
If your windows have visible signs of damage such as warping, cracking, or foggy appearance, it is definitely time to replace your windows. Most damage can occur after a huge storm and can cause more drafting or damage to the frame. Pay close attention if the window sticks when you try and open it or if there are significant cracks in the glass.
Noticeable condensation build-up around the frame of the window is another visible sign of damage. The frame around a window is meant to keep condensation out and a build-up can indicate a warped frame or an insecure window foundation. If you notice any of these signs, these are all major indicators it is time to call in an expert to advise you.
If your windows are over 15 years old
Most professionals guarantee your windows a lifespan of up to 25 years but you should start paying attention to the quality of your windows after approximately 15 years. The older your windows, the more likely they are to be susceptible to damage. A window’s strength decreases with age and making sure they’re inspected regularly can save you a world of stress down the line.
After a certain time period, some manufacturers update or discontinue replacement parts for certain windows and frames. This can lead to problems if you encounter severe damage to your windows. Keep track of how long you’ve had your windows and once you hit the 15-year mark, consider an update.
If you notice an increase in your energy bill.
Your windows do a considerable amount of work towards conserving your house’s energy. If you notice a spike in your energy bill it’s most likely due to an increase in heat and air conditioning because of your windows’ poor insulation. Pay attention to if you feel a considerable draft around your windows. Condensation build-up can once again be a tell-tale sign of a warped frame or a crack in the window’s foundation. Once you have eliminated other possibilities, a call to your contractor should be your next step.
If you’re able to hear too much outside noise.
Nobody wants to hear unneeded outside noise. Proper window insulation can and should stifle all outside noises. If you start hearing more noises from outside than you care to, it could mean you have a single pane window or the treatment around the window is faulty. Installing updated windows can help muffle the noise you hear from outside and bring you the peace of mind of a quiet and happy household.
If you’re ready to update your windows due to one of the above reasons, the next step is to consider what style of windows you want. Consider the current aesthetic of your house and consult with your contractor about what window would work best.
For example, if your home is more French colonial, you may want long prairie patterned colonial windows. If your house is more modern, you may want a bay window. It all depends on your personal style and what fits your home’s aesthetic.
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We at Ridgeline Construction promise to be there for all of your home construction needs. Whether replacing windows or updating your roof, our team promises to always give you top quality service and to always do what is best for your home. Schedule a free estimate and consultation today by calling us at (256) 325-1345 or by filling out our online form.