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Friday, June 13, 2014

When to Replace Your Home's Windows

Considering updating your windows, but unsure whether or not it's necessary? Some windows can be repaired and don’t need to be changed altogether. But if you've noticed any of the following in your home, it’s likely time to consider an update – especially if your home is more than 15 years old.

The biggest warning sign that it’s time to update your windows is if they won’t open or close properly. According to Yahoo! Homes, this is especially true for older homes with double and single hung windows. If the balance fails, your window will have trouble staying up, which could be hazardous.

Another sign that your old window might need to be replaced is if you notice condensation on the inside of the glass. Fog between the panels usually indicates that the seal has failed, allowing moisture to enter the space. This is most common in double- or triple-paned windows.

"Condensation Sensation!" by Erin Perry /  CC BY-SA 2.0
Have you noticed fading in your furniture, carpets and drapes? If so, it could mean that your windows are allowing too many ultraviolet rays to enter your home, advises Andersen Windows: “Upgrading your windows to more energy efficient products can potentially reduce fading and extend the life of your personal and household items.”

You should also replace any windows that are leaky. Obviously you don’t want the outside weather to enter your home. But, perhaps more importantly, “Inefficient windows can leak, allowing water to come into your house both in front of and behind the walls—a leading cause of mold and mildew in homes,” warns Andersen Windows.

There are many other reasons you might want to replace your home’s windows as well. If they’re drafty, difficult to lock, or if your energy costs are higher than you’d like, updating is a good idea. Call Superior Windowland at (203) 948-7770 for a free, in-home consultation regarding your windows.

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