3 Signs Your Home Needs New Windows
Your home’s windows are the eyes to your home’s soul. They allow the sun to shine on in and will keep the snow and rain outside where it belongs. However, if installed improperly, your single windows can cause plenty of problems, too. Most notably, you will notice a spike in your energy bills. And considering that the average family spends about a third of their annual heating and cooling budget — about $350 — on air that leaks into or out of the home through unintended gaps and cracks, you will want to make sure your slider windows and vinyl windows fit nice and snug!
To know when it is time to replace your windows, there are some common signs you should keep an eye out for. They include:
1. You just survived a huge storm
Whether it was a rainstorm or a snowstorm, it is important to always check your windows for damages after a particularly severe storm. Even if you cannot see any storm damage, it is always important to have a professional check for anything that you may not notice. If you live in an environment prone to severe storms, consider investing in storm windows so you will not have anything to worry every time there’s a severe weather alert!
2. You notice frost or condensation build up
It’s normal to wake up to a little frost on your windows, but if it is persistent and completely covers the window, then you could have a problem with your insulation. Also, if you touch the window and it feels too cool or too hot to the touch, then make sure to replace right away. Your windows should always feel close to room temperature, and that’s how you know they are not letting any hot or cold air seep into or out of the home.
3. Your windows cannot stay open or closed on their own without help
A big clue that you need new windows is when your single windows are unable to prop themselves open. If they are loose and flapping in the wind, they are not sturdy at all. In all likelihood, you’ll have to replace them soon anyway (see sign #1). It’s better to call a window company now rather than waiting for an emergency a month from now.