When to Replace Windows

Even if your windows are clear, it isn’t always clear when you should replace your windows. However, as your home ages, replacing or repairing your windows is crucial. Because your windows act as barriers between the interior of your home and the wild world outside, they can greatly affect your home’s energy efficiency. So if you want to lower your energy bills and increase your home’s value, be sure that you know when to replace windows, when to repair them, and when to leave them be.

When to Replace Windows

So you’ve been having some trouble with your windows . . . Some issues cannot be repaired and will require a full replacement, while others can be remedied with special products or help from a pro. First, let’s discuss some scenarios in which repairs and/or embellishments are possible:

When to Repair Your Windows

My windows are not energy-efficient.

Although you can replace your windows in this situation, that is not strictly necessary. There are many ways to improve the energy-efficiency of your windows. First, you can remove your old caulk and replace it, both outside and inside. Next, you can apply weather stripping, which will seal air leaks in your windows. Finally, consider installing low-e coating storm windows (which come in the form of interior or exterior attachments).

I have a historic home with original windows.

In this case, keeping the windows is often in your best interest. If their design details really reflect the home’s architecture, their authenticity is an important part of the home’s value. If you’re thinking about replacing them, carefully consider your choice. Instead, you might be able to improve their energy-efficiency (see the previous paragraph), and a skilled craftsmen or contractor can perform the necessary repairs.

When to Replace Windows

So when should you replace your windows? Consider the list of ailments below and if your windows are suffering from any of these complications, realize that replacements are (or will soon be) necessary.

  • There is rot or decay on/around my window. If you have only just noticed that water is penetrating the frame, remove the windows and repair them. If there is rot or decay, the windows will need to be replaced.
  • There is condensation between the layers of my window. You will need to replace either the sash or the window itself.
  • I have single-pane windows. Single-pane windows are simply not energy-efficient. Upgrade to a more modern model and you’ll find that your home is more comfortable and your energy bills are lower.
  • My casement (crank-out) windows are sagging. Although you should be able to replace the crank-out mechanism, you will probably need to replace the windows if there are bent or worn-out hinges.
  • I can’t open or close my windows. This is a significant problem, and in many cases, it isn’t repairable. Look into replacements.
  • My home has a lot of drafts and my energy bills are high. If your home has old and inefficient windows, you can boost their performance with new caulk or storm windows but these are temporary replacements. Instead, consider investing in your home with new, beautiful, energy-efficient windows.

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If you’re struggling to decide when to replace windows in your home, contact a contractor for help. Most windows will last about 25-50 years. Good luck!

If you’re restoring, remodeling, or renovating your house and you live in the southwest Missouri area, please give Adam Cowherd Construction a call at 417-877-7548 or click here for a free quote. We would love to help you build the home of your dreams.