1) It’s hard to open and close them
One of the main signs that it is time to replace your windows is when they start to become hard to open and shut. Warped window frames, buildup of dirt and dust, and being p ainted shut can all cause difficulty opening and closing the windows. In extreme cases, sometimes the foundation of a home shifts and the window frame no longer fits in place properly. This problem is crucial to address because fully functioning windows that open and close with ease is imperative to your safety in case of an emergency.
2) Windows are starting to become drafty or leaky
Drafts don’t just mean a higher energy bill, they can also pose a potential security issue! Typically we find that drafty windows also have a fault locking mechanism. In addition, leaks can pose a health risk! The build-up of condensation is the perfect environment for mold to grow. Leaks usually start when the window seals have worn out. Moreover, in some cases the window just wasn’t installed properly in the first place.
3) Windows aren’t blocking sound
New windows greatly reduce the amount of sound that is transferred into your home. Therefore, if you’re clearly hearing large amounts of traffic or outdoor disturbance, it’s time to invest in new windows. While not soundproof, modern windows can keep your home peaceful and quiet.
4) You still have single pane windows
If your windows were installed before 1980, or you buy an older home, most likely the windows are single pane. At one time, these were standard windows. However, these windows did not do a very good job. Manufacturers started to sell double pane windows instead, finding that they were much more energy efficient and durable.