Updated: Mar 5, 2020
Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced. Here’s what to be on the lookout for.
1. They’re damaged, warped, or broken
It’s sometimes possible to repair a window instead of replacing it. If your window’s problem is minor, such as needing new weatherstripping or hardware, a repair might be the best option. But replacing a damaged, warped, or broken window sash or frame is almost always preferred to attempting a repair. “Even if the windows are still operable, they can develop problems,” says Darren Kuntz, owner & operator of Green Smart. Do your windows fog up? Are they drafty? Do they stick when you try to open or close them? Do they refuse to stay open? If your windows are communicating in those ways, they’re telling you to replace them.
2. You want to reduce your energy bill
Windows provide some heat in the winter by letting in sunlight. But drafty windows can cause your energy bills to be about 10% to 25% higher, according to Energy.gov. Replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones can reduce your heating and cooling bills. Bonus: If you’re considering listing your home for sale, those new windows — and the resulting energy cost savings — can be a big selling point.
4. You just survived a harsh winter
If you live in a -40 or another area prone to severe weather events, you’re probably prepared for the possibility of damaged windows. In fact, our fluctuating weather can do a number on your home’s exterior, including your windows. If you worry about the effects of ice damming, humidity, or prairie winds, consider the visually exciting and powerfully built, Green window products that will dramatically heighten the modern style and comfort of your home. Equally important, they will deliver piece of mind that you have chosen an energy-efficient window from a respected manufacturer. Engineering, innovation, rigorous testing and stringent quality control are just a few ways Green Smart windows are right choice for your home
5. You’re renovating a historic home
Maybe you moved into a historic home that suffers from vinyl replacement windows that detract from the home’s historic charm. The wrong window can dramatically change the overall look of a historic home and can even interfere with its integrity. If your goal is to install historically accurate replacement windows, a company that can handle custom requests should be your go-to.