Your windows play a huge role in your home. They bring in light and fresh air and are part of your home’s style. While scheduled maintenance can help keep windows working smoothly for years, even the best windows will need to be swapped
out at some point. So when is it better to replace, rather than repair, your windows? Here are three clues to watch for:
- Poor performance – when you
start feeling air leaking in or
view condensation and fogging on or between the glass panes, it
could be time to think about window replacement.
Difficulty opening and closing the windows, including those that have been painted or
nailed shut, is another sign you could
need new windows.
- Appearance – chipping,
deterioration and water stains on the inside or outside of the window are
clear indicators of worn down windows. Many homeowners will
also consider window replacement when their current
windows’ design or style no longer goes with the
rest of the home.
- Effort – if replacement parts
are difficult to find or no longer sold, or when cleaning is a
big hassle, you
should think about an upgrade. These issues are more
common for old homes that still have their original windows, which
likely experience problems with performance and appearance, as
Some window replacement projects depend less on performance and more on a homeowner’s lifestyle or style preferences. For example, new windows can help lessen obnoxious sounds coming from outside, such as traffic, weather and noisy neighbors. In some cases, exposure can cause windows on one side of your house to wear sooner than the others. You can take a crack at finding replacement styles and colors that best match your existing windows, but consider replacing the windows on that side of your home, or try to find alternatives if you can’t find a close match.
Energy efficiency should also be a consideration if you’re considering a window replacement. Energy efficient glass options can offer better protection on your interior furniture, paint and decorations by helping keep out harmful ultraviolet rays that could cause fading. Additionally, consider replacing fixed windows that don’t open. Venting windows help let in more fresh air into your home, taking a light load off your heating and cooling equipment when the weather in Kalamazoo is nice.
If you have other questions about replacing your home’s windows, visit a sales pro at the Pella showroom in Kalamazoo, or call 269-215-4157.