replacement windows, Old WindowsKnowing when to replace your home's windows is not always as clear as it may seem. If you own a home that is older than 15 years, it is likely a good time to check and make sure your windows are still operating correctly. For instance, do you have trouble opening or closing your windows? Do you often find moisture on your window's interior? Just like your refrigerator or roof shingles, over time, your windows and doors will need to be replaced. To help you through the replacement decision process, we provide a brief overview of the main reasons why CT homeowners seek out replacement windows. The following tips and solutions should help determine if the time to replace is now.

Durability

Many older homes in the area still use their original windows built with single-pane glass. These old windows are certainly not energy efficient, often freezing open or shut. Single-pane glass windows are also known to develop frost on the inside of the window, which increases the chances of breakage, ultimately causing unnecessary damage to your home.As the windows in your home age, they begin to let more drafts into your home, especially in windows with a single pane or insulated clear glazing. While these drafts may seem like a small inconvenience, they can end up costing you much more than you expected in heating and cooling costs. The better quality your windows are, the more they are able to withstand strong rain, wind or snow damage.

Performance

Old, worn-out windows or patio doors often leak air, resulting in high-energy bills during peak heating and cooling months. The glass may be loose or the seal between the sash and frame may have weakened. In these situations, we recommend replacing old-single pane windows with new windows that feature dual-pane glass for substantial energy savings. You will see the cost for replacing failing windows is often diminished by overall household energy cost savings.Ultraviolet rays entering through windows and patio doors can lead to fading of furniture, carpet, window treatments and artwork. These and other materials, especially ones with organic fabrics, are susceptible to fading when exposed to sunlight. Upgrading your windows to energy efficient products can potentially reduce fading and extend the life of your personal and household items.

Maintenance

Older windows require a lot of upkeep that is not always necessary with new replacement windows. With newer technology and improved maintenance, new windows are more resistant to expansion, contraction, cracking, and mold and mildew problems. If your home has older windows, they most likely need to be scrapped, painted, or caulked to avoid these problems. Thankfully, some of the recent advancements to window technology have provided more convenient cleaning options. Double-hung windows, for example, had to be cleaned from the outside. Now our double-hung windows feature tilt-in sash designs, which means the exterior glass can be cleaned from inside by tilting the sash inward for easy access.

Curb Appeal

Your home is a big investment and an important part of your life. Replacing old mismatched or drab windows can vastly improve the look of your home and the value of your investment. Even if you are not planning on selling your home in the near future, replacement windows make you the envy of the neighborhood and increase the comfort level within your home.

Fiderio & Sons | Replacement Windows

Installing Connecticut replacement windows is not an easy task and if you are a window novice, it is better to seek help from someone who knows what they are doing. Whether it is a specialty Connecticut window contractor or the home-improvement know-it-all neighbor, a perfect installation gives your home more security and thermal protection. If you choose to hire a contractor, make sure you ask for references, estimates, detailed contracts and warranties before officially beginning any project with them.  If you need any assistance with an installation or repair, call on Fiderio & Sons today!