Window Replacement – How to Know When It Is Time
As a homeowner, at least your first time around, you don’t realize all the maintenance involved in owning a home. And while some things might seem obvious, others might not. In addition, there are maintenance costs. That is why it is really important to keep track of dates. You need to know how old your features are or when the last time something was updated. This especially applies to your windows. They aren’t just for curb appeal either. Windows contribute a lot more to the comfortability in your home than most realize. So, how do you know when window replacement is necessary? Here are some top signs that you need to consider new windows.
Top Reasons to Replace Your Windows
This often is more obvious in the summer and winter months. When the warm, moist air meets with the cold surface of the glass (either from winter outside or A/C inside) it makes condensation. What you are really looking for is if this is a consistent issue. It also matters where on the glass it is showing. If it is on the outside of your home, this typically means your windows are working the right way. If it is on the inside of the home, it indicates high humidity in the home, which is not ideal. Consider having your windows checked by a professional. If it is between the glass planes – you need to replace your windows for sure.
Damage to the Window
While this seems obvious, many times we want to try to repair things before we replace them. Even if working correctly, they can develop more problems over time. This could lead to drafts, condensation, swelling, etc. If it is minor, such as weatherstripping or hardware, they can be repaired. Just make sure they are fixed soon and correctly. However, when it comes to the gram, sash, or more structural issues, it’s best to replace than to repair. Also, look for less obvious damage, like decaying frames or leaky windows. This is especially important in wooden windows as they are more susceptible to damage.
High Utility Bills
If you see an increase in your monthly BGE bill, it might be time to take a look at your windows. While there might not be condensation or obvious damage, there might be a draft you don’t realize. One telltale sign is if the temperature by the window is substantially different than the rest of the house. Also, you can take a candle or incense and move it slowly around the corners of the window. This can show you the air movement. 7th State Builders can also come out with a no-obligation inspection to make sure. In the long run, replacing the windows is cheaper than the 10%-25% increase on your BGE bill.
Should You Hire or DIY for Window Replacement?
This is a great question and often one we see many homeowners looking into. As the maintenance of our homes can be costly, it is frugal to see where costs can be cut. Many times, with any home contracting, it usually can be answered in two questions:
- Do you have the time?
- Do you have the expertise?
Time is money, and so is the quality of the works. If you don’t have the time, replacing windows isn’t something you want to sit on. It ends up costing you more on your energy bills in the long run. On the other hand, if you do have the time but not the expertise, you could end up paying more, too.
If you aren’t sure, there is no cost (or at least shouldn’t be) to getting a qualified contractor to come to consult with you. At 7th State Builders, we are happy to discuss window replacement in your home or if it is necessary. We offer a variety of window manufacturers. One of our go-to is award-winning Simonton windows. Contact us today to learn more.