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When Should You Consider Replacing Your Windows?

Aug 8

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When Should You Consider Replacing Your Windows?

The signs telling you it’s time to replace your windows are obvious, right? Not always! There are several warning signs that can go unnoticed to the untrained eye. If you are unsure whether you should replace your windows or not, look for and test the following:

Check for Drafts

There are several ways to check whether your windows are drafty, but a quick and easy way to determine if your windows are leaking air is with a candle. Hold the lighted candle near your window’s edge. If the flame flickers, you have drafty windows. Drafty windows can sometimes be remedied with caulk, but if the frame of the window is rotten or damaged, it is time to consider replacing your windows.

Check the Functionality of the Window

Does the window open and close smoothly? If the window is difficult to open or cannot remain open on its own, replacing your window is a good idea.

Check the Integrity of Your Window Frames

Wood rot in the frames of windows is a common problem. If the wood surrounding the window is soft and can be easily penetrated, this is a good sign that your window frame is rotten and needs to be replaced. Weather Shield carries a variety of full frame windows sure to fit your home’s needs.

Warm or Cold Spots Near Your Windows

On days of sufficient cold or warmth (i.e. not a mild spring or fall day), check the inside frame of the window for cold or warm spots. These indicate that your window is not sufficiently insulating your home and you should consider replacing your windows. Weather Shield carries energy efficient windows in a variety of styles to match your home’s style and décor.

Outside Noise

The insulation of your windows not only helps with your home’s temperature, but helps keep unwanted sounds out. If your windows are insufficiently insulting your home from exterior sounds, you should consider replacing your windows with Weather Shield’s insulating glass windows for increased sound reduction in addition to energy efficiency benefits.

Condensation or Frost on Your Windows

When your home’s windows are inadequately insulated, the temperature of the glass can too quickly change, causing condensation or frost to develop on your windows. This is a sign of inefficient windows that should be replaced with newer, more energy efficient models.

If your windows or doors are suffering from one of these issues or more, replacing your windows will prove to be a worthwhile investment for the value and comfort of your home. Contact a Weather Shield dealer near you today to discover the best windows for your home.

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