Working windows are a key part of regulating the temperature of your home and maintaining your home’s energy efficiency. If your windows are old or damaged, they could be causing all sorts of problems in your home. But how do you know when your windows are ready to be replaced? Take a look at our guide to window replacements and everything you need to know about checking the condition of your windows.
How Often Should Windows be Replaced on Your Home?
On average, a decent quality window will need to be replaced around every 15-20 years simply based on normal household wear and tear. Some types of windows and certain manufacturers offer warranties of longer so it is worth checking your own windows. It is important you replace your windows when they require it rather than waiting for bigger issues to arise.
Why Window Upkeep is Important
There are a number of issues that can arise from not replacing your home’s windows when they need to be replaced. Older, ineffective windows can cause problems in your home that may require more money, time and effort to fix in the future. Aside from poor window operation making it difficult to use your windows properly, ineffective windows can cause you to suffer from noise issues, draughts, and an increase in energy costs that could leave you out of pocket as well as suffering from a chilly home in the winter.
How to Know if Your Windows Need Replacing
Sometimes the simple age of windows is a clear sign that you need new windows. Many homeowners update their windows every decade or so to keep their home looking modern regardless of whether there is any damage to the windows. Whilst age can be a deciding factor in knowing whether your windows need replacing, there are a few other indicators that could mean that your windows need changing for new ones. In order to check your windows for wear and tear, do a quick review of the inside and outside of each window to check for stains, rust and cracks and inspect the standard of the weatherstripping and useability of the window.
Excess Noise Issues
If you have noticed more noise than usual entering your home from outside, this may be a sign that your windows are worn or damaged. Excess noise is a sign that your windows are in need of repair or replacement and new windows can work to reduce the amount of noise entering your home, particularly useful for those who live next to a busy road or other source of noise pollution.
Cracked Window Glass
Perhaps one of the more obvious signs that your windows need replacing is cracked window glass. Whether this is a tiny crack near to the edge or a larger crack running the length of the window, any amount of cracked glass in your window will make them efficient and unfit for purpose with a range of outdoor elements such as draughts and damp entering into your home through the cracked areas.
Draughts Affecting Your Home
If you can feel a draught in your home when windows and doors are both shut, the chances are that it is coming from a damaged or time-worn window. Older frames can become ineffective over time and allow air from outside of your home to sneak through and affect the temperature of your home. Not only can this cause the temperature of your home to drop by letting cool air enter your home, it can also cost you more to heat or cool your home as the air from inside of your home will be escaping through the gaps in the window.
Are Your Windows Hard to Open, Close or Lock?
If the age of your windows is affecting their simple usability like opening and closing them, it’s time to replace your windows. Damaged windows, aside from adding an annoyance in that they can’t be operated as they should be, are probably hiding a range of other window issues that are best sorted by a window replacement.
Condensation Building Up Between the Glass Layers
If your windows are operating as they should be, the glazing should be free from any condensation between the layers. If you are noticing condensation on your windows that doesn’t wipe away with a cloth on either side, this could be a sign that air and moisture is entering and getting trapped between the two layers of your windows. This is particularly a problem with older windows where the seals have worn away but can also be a sign of damage. If your older windows are allowing a build up of condensation, this can lead to other, more serious issues such as mould forming from the moisture.
Your Window Frames Are Chipped or Water Damaged
Another sign of aged-out or damaged windows is that the frames are chipped or water damaged. Damaged frames can suffer from a wide range of issues as the integrity of the window frame has been affected. Damaged frames can let in draughts and damp that could further damage the frame as well as affecting your home’s energy efficiency and comfort.
How Much Does it Cost to Replace Windows?
There are a number of options when it comes to window replacement costs. Each type will cost a varying amount with some window types costing less than others. Some types of windows, such as bay windows for example, will cost more than a standard casement window frame. For the best price, contact a trusted window specialist for a free quote based on your window size, style and the number of windows you will need replacing.
How to Replace Your Worn-Out Windows
The good news is that replacing old windows can be a simple process. A window specialist will visit your home and evaluate the size of your window space and listen to your idea about the style of window you would like to see in its place as well as advising you on the best window replacement options. There are a wide range of windows to choose from so now really is your time to update your home with a choice of frames and glazing, each of which will work to help make your home more energy efficient and keep noise and draughts out.
If you are looking for a way to replace your old or damaged windows, RB Windows can provide the specialist help and range of designs to bring your new windows to life. Take a look at our window types here or contact us to find out more.