Even if your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can indicate it’s time for replacement windows. High-quality windows can withstand the elements for decades, but the South Portland climate, wear and tear and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a home’s windows. If you don’t know if your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signs that it may be time to replace them:
- South Portland just weathered a severe storm.
Regions that are likely to face severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for any signs of damage if they dealt with weather stronger than what they were designed to handle.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to leak out from your home and allow outside air to sneak in. Window drafts require your heating and cooling system to work more than it needs to and can cost you more on your energy bills. Drafty windows can also indicate other issues, such as the need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of warped window panes or other critical repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
An expert can also help you determine if such a window can be salvaged with a little amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your energy bill
Have you realized that your power bills are unexpectedly expensive? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your utility bills to go up by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can make you to pay more for energy as your HVAC system has to work overtime to make up for the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window staff can work with you to identify which type of windows could be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for impacting your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in South Portland.
- You see condensation between the panes of your window
Although indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could result in window damage. Discovering condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many situations it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation that exists between the panes of the window can reflect an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or solved with proper window replacement.
- Your house is undergoing a makeover
A home makeover is an ideal time to replace your windows—while so many other parts of your home are getting a new look, why not include your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you might want your windows to reflect the new look of your renovated home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can offer more light to your living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of South Portland has a wide array of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new style.
Don’t wait until trouble comes—use these signals to help identify if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of South Portland a call at 207-517-2331 or visit our showroom. You can also book an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.