When Should You Replace the Windows in Your Home?
High-quality windows will usually last at least 15-20 years before they need to be replaced, but many factors can lead to constant repairs and temporary fixes beforehand. When this happens, it is usually best to save time and money and replace your windows altogether. However, many homeowners are not aware of the following signs indicating that their windows need to be replaced.
Cracked window frame
Windows often suffer many types of damage that can be easily fixed or repaired, but a cracked or broken window frame should be replaced immediately. Cracked window frames will often lead to reduced insulation, heating and air insufficiency, bugs and insects getting into your home, and further damage if left untreated. Seek professional window replacement as soon as possible if you notice cracks in your window frame.
Windows should always be replaced when they become severely damaged by water infiltration. Letting water damage go unnoticed can lead to many problems beyond structural damage to the surface of your window. Some of these potential problems are rot, mold, mildew, and loss of heat or air in your home. This problem usually occurs when windows are not properly sealed.
Drafts in your home
Are you constantly experiencing cold air or whistling sounds coming through your window? If so, it means your windows are not functioning as normal and could be letting in cold drafts through cracks or openings around its frame. If you are still experiencing this problem after repeated caulking and weatherstripping, then you will probably need to replace your old window.
Windows will continue to degrade over time as they are constantly opened and closed. This will put stress on your windows that can cause them to break or get stuck while being opened. This kind of damage is often the cause of wear and tear in windows that are at least 10 years old, and they should be replaced as soon as possible before they become any worse.
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