We’ve spent more time in our homes in 2020 than any year before. The result? More home improvement projects! The increase of extra time we had on our hands caused many of us to finally tackle that list of “someday” projects, while also improving the space that we began to spend so much time in. As the weather becomes colder, we are spending even more time indoors – and even more time noticing home improvement projects we’d like to take on next.
Replacing your windows may not be at the top of your list. It may not even be on your list at all! But if you’ve noticed cold drafts coming from your windows or that your energy bills have spiked, replacing your windows might be your next home improvement project. There are other indicators that it’s time for a window upgrade. We’ve compiled a list of the 4 signs it’s time to replace your windows to help you decide.
You feel cold drafts
As windows age, normal deterioration causes the frames, sashes, and seals to loosen, allowing a significant amount of cold outdoor air to penetrate your home without resistance.
Your energy bills are high
Not only is it uncomfortable to have drafts of cold air throughout your home, but it causes your heating system to work overtime. In turn, your energy bills can skyrocket and your furnace is at risk of prematurely going out because of the strain.
You are constantly bothered by outside noise
Older windows with outdated glass and deteriorating seals can allow for an excess of outside noise into your home. If you are constantly bothered by the sound of cars driving down your street, airplanes, or noisy neighbors, it may be time to upgrade your windows. Newer windows feature noise-reducing properties, like dual-insulated glass.
They don’t open or close correctly
Rust or rot can prevent windows from opening or closing all the way. Deterioration in the spring system can also lead to “dropping windows,” which happens when your window slides down after you raise it. Not only is this annoying, but it is a safety hazard to families with young children.
If you are experiencing one or more of these issues with the windows in your home, it may be time to consider replacing them. Still not sure? We offer free inspections & estimates, so you can make the most informed decision for your family. Contact us today!