Your windows play a large role in your home. They bring in light and fresh air and are part of your home’s character. While scheduled maintenance can help keep windows working smoothly for years, even the best windows will need to be replaced at some point. How do you know when it’s better to replace, rather than repair, your windows? Here are three clues to be on the lookout for:
- Poor performance – when you
start realizing that there is air leaking in or
notice condensation and fogging on or between the glass panes, it
might be time to ponder window replacement.
Difficulty opening and closing the windows, including those that have been painted or
nailed shut, is another sign you may
need new windows.
- Appearance – chipping,
deterioration and water stains on the inside or outside of the window are
clear indicators of worn down windows. Many homeowners will
also ponder window replacement when their current
windows’ design or style no longer goes with the
rest of the home.
- Effort – if replacement parts
are difficult to find or no longer sold, or when cleaning is a
big hassle, you
should think about an upgrade. These concerns are more
common for old homes that still have their original windows, which
likely experience problems with performance and appearance, as
Some window replacement projects depend less on performance and more on a homeowner’s lifestyle or style preferences. For instance, new windows can help help drown out obnoxious sounds coming from outside, such as traffic, weather and loud neighbors. In some cases, exposure can cause windows on one side of your house to decline earlier than the others. You can take a crack at finding replacement styles and colors that best match your existing windows, but consider replacing the windows on that side of your home, or look for alternatives if you can’t find a close match.
Energy efficiency should also be a consideration if you’re considering a window replacement. Energy efficient glass options can give you better protection on your interior furniture, paint and decorations by helping block harmful ultraviolet rays that may cause fading. Additionally, think about replacing fixed windows that don’t open. Venting windows help allow more fresh air into your home, taking a light load off your heating and cooling equipment when the weather in South Portland is nice.
If you have other questions about replacing your home’s windows, visit a sales professional at the Pella showroom in South Portland, or call 207-517-2331.