Windows should last anywhere from 10 to 30 years, depending on make and style. If you’re a Dayton resident, how do you know when it’s time for replacements? Since they’re not something homeowners replace on a regular basis, it’s sometimes difficult to tell when the time has come. To understand when to replace your windows, look for specific signs of wear and tear.
High Energy Bills
Are your energy bills higher than those of your neighbors? It could simply be your windows. Old windows were not designed to keep heat out of your home, so chances are you’re already spending too much on energy. When old windows begin to fail, you will notice even higher utility bills. The windows will no longer be effective in keeping the elements out, causing increased or decreased internal temperatures. New, energy-efficient windows will help lower energy costs.
Condensation Between Panes
Some homeowners have always witnessed condensation between window panes and don’t realize it’s not supposed to be there. If you have condensation or moisture between glass panes, it’s an indication your seals are broken, and your windows do not have proper insulation. Healthy windows will never have moisture between panes.
A sure sign of failing windows is water leaking in from the outside. During a heavy Ohio rainstorm, you may notice small dribbles of water on the inside window frames. If this is the case, it’s time for new windows. Leaving the windows leaking can cause further damage to interior walls and floors.
Often, there are no visible signs to indicate that it’s window-replacing time. Sometimes the only indicator is an increasingly drafty home. Cold weather, storms, and windstorms can make the drafts more noticeable.
Cracked Window Seals
Old windows often have cracked seals and caulking around the window frame. While it may just seem unsightly to you, it’s a good indication that windows need replacing. Resealing the windows will only put a patch on the problem and will not fix the deeper issues.
Discolored Window Sills
If your window sills are discolored and you don’t know why, it can indicate failing window seals. Sometimes the damage isn’t visible from the inside, but elements can leak from the outside and gather on the sills. Eventually, the process will cause discoloration.
Replacing Old Windows
Choosing to replace windows is a big investment, but necessary. Modern windows can create energy-efficient homes, block damaging UV rays, and create curb appeal. Replacing all home windows at once isn’t necessary. Many people complete the project in phases, changing out one wall of windows at a time to save on upfront costs.