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5 Signs Your Windows Need Replacing

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Even though you might spend a lot of time looking out your windows, it can be hard to tell when they need replacing – their failing performance isn’t always obvious. Fortunately, there are ways to tell when you might need new windows.

Here are the 5 major signs it’s time to replace your windows.

1. Your Utility Bills Have Gone Up

If you’ve noticed rising heating and cooling costs over the last couple of years and have ruled out other causes, chances are your heating and cooling efforts are seeping out of your windows. Single pane and worn-out double-paned windows are susceptible to leaks, leading to higher bills. If you suspect this is happening to you, it’s time to give your windows a thorough inspection.

2. Your Windows are Drafty on Windy Days

It can be tough to determine if your windows are drafty on a typical day, so wait until it’s windy and chilly and then get up close to feel around the windows. A draft will surely be noticeable by touch, but to be extra sure, one trick is to use a burning incense stick held close to the window. If the smoke moves, there is a leak (draft).

3. Your Double-Pane Windows are Cold to the Touch

Double-pane windows are less likely to be drafty, but they might still feel colder than they should. If your double-pane windows are cold to the touch, a new, better insulated product can help increase your family’s comfort level and reduce your utility bills – whether there has been a spike in your spending or you’re just looking for ways to save. 

3. Your Windows are Difficult to Open and Close

If you can recall a time when your windows all opened smoothly, yet now you seem to have to force them open, it could be time for replacement (or an exceptionally thorough clean!). Wood windows are known to be the most difficult to open and close, as the wood warps over time, whereas aluminum and vinyl windows are less likely to have this problem.  

4. Fog Between Double Pane Windows

This is usually one of the most noticeable signs your windows are old and need replacing. If there is condensation between your glass panes, your window’s seals are failing, and moisture is seeping in. This condition is not just an eyesore – it can lead to mold and mildew buildup. If you see foggy windows as well as other signs on this list, replacing your windows is often more economical than having the windows repaired.

5. Your Windows Haven’t Been Replaced in 20 Years

Whether you’ve just bought an older character home, or you’ve lived in your existing home going on 15 years or more without having any windows replaced – it might be time to add replacement windows to your home improvement budget.

Advantages of Replacing Your Windows

After updating flooring, painting, kitchens, and bathrooms, replacing windows often comes up last on the list of home renovation projects. There are times, however, when replacing your windows should take higher priority when it comes to reducing your energy bills and increasing the comfort of your home. Below is a list of the many advantages to replacing your windows:

  • Protecting from Mold & Mildew – Waiting too long to replace aging or failing windows can lead to mold and mildew problems inside your walls which pose a serious health risk to members of the household - especially those who have comprised immune systems. That’s why the team here at Modern recommends replacing windows if you start seeing any or all of the above warning signs.
  • Increased Home Value – New windows increase a home’s curb appeal, and potential buyers appreciate knowing the windows are energy efficient and come with improved safety features.
  • Lower Energy Bills – New windows almost always lead to lower energy bills. In fact, you’ll likely notice a savings after just the first winter with your new windows.
  • Reducing Noise – New windows often come with better sound insulation on top of improved thermal insulation, meaning you’ll hear less of what’s happening at your neighbour’s house, and they will hear less from you.
  • One-time Investment – If installed correctly, today’s modern vinyl and aluminum windows should last at least 20-25 years, making them a one-time investment for many homeowners.
  • Easier Maintenance – Newer windows are just plain easier to keep clean, meaning less time spent on cleaning frames and tracks.
  • Chance to Change a Window’s Size or Position – When your window needs replacement, it’s a good opportunity to consider the size and position of that window. Have you always thought about making your kitchen window double the size? Now’s your chance!

There are many variations of high-performance windows available today. That’s why it’s important to discuss your specific needs with a glass and window specialist prior to committing to any single style. The glass specialists at Modern provide window renovation and aluminum and vinyl window installation services anywhere on Vancouver Island, from Port Hardy to Victoria and anywhere in between. Contact us today to learn more, or request a free quote for your replacement windows.

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