Do you ever get that feeling deep down in your bones (usually at the same time that a cold winter chill settles there) that it’s time for new windows? But you know it’s an investment so maybe you’re not completely convinced. So even as you bundle up in your third layer of clothing, you put it off… waiting for the final straw that says, “Hey buddy… it’s time.”
Here are 5 signs that you should replace your windows – last winter – and definitely now.
1. They’re 15 Years Old – Or More
Unless you’ve already invested in quality vinyl windows within the past 10-15 years, there’s a good chance yours need replacing. Where newer vinyl like Andersen and Simonton are designed to last 20 years or more, older windows have a typical lifespan that can start to deteriorate around year eight.
But don’t take our word for it. There are plenty of ways to determine whether your older windows are ready to be put to pasture, including…
2. Moisture between the Glass
Condensation on glass during extreme temperatures is normal (although if you’ve got a lot of condensation then that could be a bigger problem with moisture in your home, but that’s another story.)
But if you see moisture between the glass panes then that’s a sign that the seals are broken on your windows and it’s time to replace them. Once the seal is broken, you’ll lose the insulation value of the windows and the sight of cloudy glass won’t do your curb appeal much good, either.
3. Outside Sounds Sneak Inside
Windows can do more than insulate you from the cold – they’re also a great barrier against sound. You may not notice, and that’s the point! Good windows keep traffic noises, the voices of late-returning teenagers and droning air conditioners at bay.
And while they don’t sound-proof, the quality of your windows certainly affects the noise level in your home. It’s when you do notice – the voices, the cars, the horns and machinery – that you may want to consider replacing your windows.
4. Fading Furniture and Flooring
When it comes to sunlight, most of us want it streaming into our homes. But all that glorious light can have some ugly side effects on fabrics, furnishings and flooring. Older windows don’t have nearly the same protection against the damaging UV rays that quality new windows do.
If your prized leather sofa is aging before its time, your windows could be the culprit. Consider new windows, which can block up to 85% of damaging UV rays.
5. Sliding Windows
Over time even good products get better and the same is true of vinyl windows. As we mentioned earlier, if yours are more than 15 years old, they may be starting to slide down when you open them, or perhaps they’re not locking properly.
Today’s vinyl windows are built with superior structure and durability and the best part is that you can typically replace old vinyl windows without any damage to the walls, paint or molding in your home.
So if you’re feeling that draft and wondering if you should get thicker curtains or replace those old windows – call us! We’ll visit your home, let you know what your options are and put together a free estimate for new windows. We even promise to wipe our feet at the door. You can reach us at 732.264.8166 or contact us online and we’ll schedule time with you ASAP.