It isn't always easy to determine when you should replace your home's windows. Typically, the rule of thumb dictates that if you have not replaced your windows in 15 years, it is a good opportunity to check and make sure that your windows are still functioning well. For instance, are you having trouble opening or closing your windows? Is water leaking into your home? Does there seem to be drafty areas in rooms with multiple windows? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you should prepare for a more in-depth inspection of your Connecticut home's windows. We want to assist you throughout the replacement window process; first, by identifying whether or not it's time for you to replace; second, by upgrading or repairing your windows for you. Continue reading to learn the 5 signs indicating that it is time to replace your home's windows.
The appearance and general condition of your windows is one of the first things that you should look for and one of the most obvious signs that new replacement windows are needed. Check for chipping, deterioration, or water stains on or around the exterior and interior of the window. Peeling paint is a hint as well, since it is caused by moisture traveling through windows, making the frame to expand or contract.
Condensation Between Window Panes
Condensation is one of the telltale signs of windows on the decline. When you notice your windows fogging up, with a lot of condensation inside the glazings, you are looking at seal failure. When window seals fail, moisture is able to gather in the space between the glass panes, leading to condensation. During the winter months, you may notice condensation in the form of frost and ice buildup. Efficient windows depend on sealed-in gas to create a barrier against heat transfer. Therefore, when a seal is broken, the insulating capacity of the window is compromised.
Your Windows Are Drafty
In order to test if your window is drafty, wave a lit candle around the edges of your windows. If the flame flickers, your windows are drafty, meaning that cool air is leaving your home and hot air is entering.
You may also hear a lot of outside notice when your window is no longer properly sealed or insulated (especially if you live on a busy street). If your home's old windows can no longer offer adequate protection against exterior noise, it's time to replace them. Or alternatively, learn how to fix drafty ct windows.
Window Is Stuck Or Can't Stay Open
If your window is stuck open or closed, or cannot stay open without using something to prop it up, you should consider replacement windows. Stuck windows are often a sign of a house settling or of changes to the pressure on the window. Regardless, your window will no longer fit snugly and won't be as efficient as it could and should be.
It is quite difficult to stop rot from spreading once it begins; therefore, you should regularly check your home for signs of rotting, mold or mildew. Rot can spread from one surface to another, so also check the walls around your windows as well.
All of these are initial signs indicating that your windows need to be replaced. If you are experiencing any of these issues, it may be time to consider installing replacement windows. You can benefit from huge savings in your heating and cooling bills with newly installed windows for 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!