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 scheduled 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 signs to look for:
- Poor performance – when you
start realizing that there is air leaking in or
notice condensation and fogging on or between the glass panes, it
could be time to consider window replacement.
Difficulty opening and closing the windows, including those that have been painted or
nailed shut, is another indicator you might
need new windows.
- Appearance – chipping,
deterioration and water stains on the inside or outside of the window are
clear indicators of worn down windows. Many homeowners will
also think about window replacement when their current
windows’ design or style no longer goes with the
rest of the home.
- Effort – if replacement parts
are tough to find or no longer sold, or when cleaning is a
big hassle, you
should think about an upgrade. These concerns are more
common for old homes that still have their original windows, which
likely 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 instance, new windows can help soften obnoxious sounds coming from outside, such as traffic, weather and annoying neighbors. In some cases, exposure may cause windows on one side of your house to decline sooner than the others. You can attempt to find replacement styles and colors that best match your existing windows, but consider replacing the windows on that side of your home, or try to find 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 might 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 Grand Rapids is nice.
If you have other questions about replacing your home’s windows, visit a sales professional at the Pella showroom in Grand Rapids, or call 616-201-0206.