We often have clients that admit to us that they have no idea how old their windows are. There are plenty of homeowners out there that are also not quite sure when it is time to replace their windows. Even if your windows appear to look okay or are not that old, there are actually some telltale signs of serious issues that can arise at any time. CHART offers exterior renovation services that can help you decide how and when to update your windows, along with the rest of your home, to give your space the fresh look it deserves. Here are our team’s top 7 tips for helping you choose when it is time to replace and refresh your home’s windows.
Sign #1: You Are Feeling Drafts
This one is simple: you should not be feeling drafts around your windows. If you hear the wind whistling through your windows, feel any cold air around the frames, see light coming in through gaps in the frames, or notice movement on a particularly windy day, it’s time to redo your windows. You may notice these issues more in the winter months as your furnace works harder to keep your home comfortable, but with the hot summer days right around the corner, you want to fix your windows before your air conditioner needs to kick in.
Sign 2: Your Energy Costs are Increasing
Speaking of heating and cooling, old windows will have an impact on your overall energy bills. Your HVAC will have to work overtime to compensate for your older windows, meaning you are wasting energy and money the longer you wait to install new, energy-efficient windows. Single panel windows are one of the main culprits of heating and cooling costs, so we always recommend opting for double or even triple-glazed windows. Investing in highly energy-efficient windows will cut down the cost of your energy bills now and in the future.
Sign #3: You Dread Operating Your Windows
If you are tired after opening or closing your windows, it’s time for an update. Operating your windows should not be part of your daily workout routine. Your windows should open and close with ease so that you do not dread working with them. Even if your windows seem to be operational except for some annoying hardware that does not work properly anymore and is beyond repair, window replacements is your next best bet. Make sure your window locks are also properly sealed and secure to prevent air from escaping your home and unwanted pests or people from entering your space.
Sign #4: You Notice Condensation or Moisture
Condensation happens when the cold surface of your window meets the warm, moist air from inside your home. While this can happen for a variety of reasons, if it is constant and/or frost starts to appear, it is a case of faulty windows that are due for a replacement. Another issue with faulty windows is moisture build-up, most commonly between your windowpanes. Double-glazed and triple-glazed windows have gas injected between the panes for better insulation which means there should be an airtight seal to reduce any heat transfer. If this seal is broken or cracked, this heat transfer function will not work properly and you will notice moisture build-up on the inside of the outermost window pane.
Sign #5: You Hear Outside Noise
Noticing that you are hearing more and more noise from your neighbourhood? While it can be nice to hear some bird chirps in the morning, there is a certain level of noise that becomes bothersome. It’s important to note that older or damaged windows do not provide a whole lot of sound insulation. If the outside noise is entering your home too much and really disturbing your routine, it’s time for new windows that will properly absorb more noise.
Sign #6: You See Decay or Damage
Your windows are constantly exposed to moisture and other outdoor elements like strong winds, rain, harsh temperatures, and harmful UV rays. Even the highest quality windows are likely to decay over time if not repaired regularly. Your window’s frames and sills, in particular, will see the most decay so watch for any signs of rot or mould growth. Also watch out for any cracks in your glass, water damage, warping frames, or fogging that makes it difficult to see out of your windows. Remember that the whole purpose of windows is to allow proper ventilation, airflow, and light to enter your home; if any damage or decay is compromising these functions, then it is time for new windows.
Sign #7: You Think It’s Time for An Exterior Renovation
Is it more than just your windows that you are worried about? Is your home’s exterior feeling outdated? Are you sick of constantly performing maintenance? Then it may be time for you to consider a full exterior renovation to tackle everything at once. Modern and energy-efficient windows will add value to your home while making a huge impact on your overall curb appeal. Windows are one the most prominent features of your home’s exterior and you should be proud to show them off.
Trust CHART with Your Window Replacements
We recommend keeping an eye out for any of these warning signs that your windows need replacing. If any of these problems sound familiar to you, then it is definitely time to consider updating your home’s windows. Here at CHART, our team will always walk you through all of your options and suggest design ideas based on our expertise. You can trust CHART to keep your best interests in mind when recommending the best projects, materials, styles, layouts, and more that will stand the test of time. Whether you’re at the very beginning concept phase or already have some designs in mind, we’re here to get the job done for you with top-notch quality and craftsmanship. When beginning your home renovation projects, trust the Canadian Home and Renovation Team to make the right choices and help guide you through the process.
CHART is proud to be celebrating over 40 years as one of the most prestigious renovators in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph area. Contact us to begin preparing your home for renovations, home addition, or to get your custom home project started!