How to Decide If You Should Replace Your Windows

How to Decide If You Should Replace Your Windows

One of the most prominent features of any home are the windows. If they are well maintained, they will have a positive impact on the impression potential buyers have of your property. Of course, the opposite occurs when they look old and worn.
So, does that mean you should replace them?

That depends on a number of factors. Replacing them can be an expensive renovation, so here are a few things to consider before making your decision.

  • Do you see water infiltration or mildew on the interior sides of any of the window sills? This means that moisture is creeping in from the outside. You need to get those ones repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
  • If your windows have two panes of glass you should  check for any signs of moisture in between the glass panes. Moisture indicates that the thermal seal is broken and, at a minimum, the glass will need to be replaced.
  • Take a look at your windows from the outside. Is the trim rotted or cracked anywhere? Are there dark spots or any signs of rotting on the wood frames? Repairs or replacement may be required.
  • Check the operation of your windows. Do they open and close easily? Some windows, such as those in bedrooms, are often designed to be big enough to use as an exit in case of a fire. It’s important to make sure those work properly.
  • Finally, are you happy with how they look? Do you feel that your property will look significantly better with new ones?

Although they are expensive, replacing them can have a lot of advantages. Depending on the efficiency of your current windows, replacing them could cut your energy costs by 10-20%. In addition, new windows block out more exterior noise, making your home quieter.

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