When to Replace Your Windows

On top of significant energy savings, replacing your windows can also make your home safer, protect your draperies from harmful UV rays, reduce noise, and update the look of your home. You can save loads on your heating and cooling bills, and numerous other benefits, but what are some signs that you should replace your windows?

If your windows are more than 10 years old, it may be time to look for more efficient alternative. As the sealing wears out and more energy efficient materials and methods become available, you could be losing out on significant savings on your energy bills.

Moisture and mold are both signs of a window that’s not fully sealed and could be creating an unhealthy situation. A number of issues could be contributing to this situation, so quickly consult with your window professionals for an examination of your windows.

Trouble with opening or closing your window can also be a sign of deterioration. If a sash jams easily or sticks, the window is probably not sealed fully and needs to be replaced.

Although lead-based paint was officially banned in 1978, many homes built during the 1960s were particularly prone to the dangers of lead. If your home was built in the 1970’s, it would be wise to have your paint tested for lead materials, and homes from the 1960’s should definitely look into controlling possible contamination. As a window is opened and closed, it can release dust from the surrounding paint over time, which could contain toxic lead in older homes. Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of lead-poisoning, which can include developmental issues, brain damage, and digestive problems. We highly recommend inspecting and potentially replacing the windows installed in homes built before 1978. In addition to the possibility of toxic lead being released, more modern windows can greatly increase your home’s energy efficiency.