Your windows play a large role in your home. They bring in light and fresh air and are part of your home’s style. While routine maintenance can help keep windows working smoothly for years, even the best windows will need to be taken out at some point. How do you know when it’s better to replace, rather than repair, your windows? Here are three things to watch for:
- Poor performance – when you
start feeling air leaking in or
view condensation and fogging on or between the glass panes, it
may be time to ponder window replacement.
Difficulty opening and closing the windows, including those that have been painted or
nailed shut, is another indicator you could
need new windows.
- Appearance – chipping,
deterioration and water stains on the inside or outside of the window are
obvious indicators of worn down windows. Many homeowners will
also consider window replacement when their current
windows’ design or style no longer goes with the
rest of the home.
- Effort – if replacement parts
are hard to find or no longer sold, or when cleaning is a
big hassle, you
should think about an upgrade. These problems are more
common for old homes that still have their original windows, which
usually experience problems with performance and appearance, as
Some window replacement projects depend less on performance and more on a homeowner’s lifestyle or style preferences. For example, new windows can help lessen obnoxious sounds coming from outside, such as traffic, weather and loud neighbors. In some cases, exposure causes windows on one side of your house to deteriorate sooner than the others. You can take a crack at finding replacement styles and colors that best match your existing windows, but consider replacing the windows on that side of your home, or look for alternatives if you can’t find a close match.
Energy efficiency should also be a consideration if you’re planning a window replacement. Energy efficient glass options can provide better protection on your interior furniture, paint and decorations by helping block harmful ultraviolet rays that may cause fading. Additionally, consider replacing fixed windows that don’t open. Venting windows help allow more fresh air into your home, taking a light load off your heating and cooling equipment when the weather in Albany is nice.
If you have other questions about replacing your home’s windows, visit a sales representative at the Pella showroom in Albany, or call 518-414-5302.