5 Signs You Need to Replace a Window in Your Waukesha Home

Installing new, energy-efficient windows in your home saves the typical household up to $465 a year in energy costs. But how do you know if you need to replace a window in your Waukesha home?

Read on for the top five signs that it’s time to start thinking about replacing a window.

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Signs It’s Time to Replace a Window

1. You Feel a Cold Draft

One of the signs that you should consider replacing a window is when you feel a draft of air even when the windows are closed.

Worn out seals, improper insulation, and warping can all result in the window letting in air. Even just one drafty window in your home can cause significant changes in how hard your furnace has to work to heat your house.

2. The Window Is Difficult to Open or Close

Over time, the mechanics of windows start to wear out. If your window is difficult to open or close, it is time to replace that window. Same goes for windows that won’t stay open or won’t stay closed.

When windows don’t function properly, it could be due to a problem with the balance. It can also mean that the window has begun to rust or rot.

Windows that don’t close or stay closed are a safety risk. Especially if they are easily accessible from outside, such as those on the main level.

3. Exterior Sounds Are Loud

Old windows often let in a lot of exterior sounds. Usually, it is because these windows are single-pane constructions. Sometimes a lot of noise from outside is due to improper sealing or cheap materials.

If the sounds of cars, dogs, and people outside are easily heard in your home, it’s time to replace that window.

New windows usually have double or even triple-pane glass. Also, gases such as krypton and argon provide an excellent sound barrier, so outdoor sounds stay outside.

4. Your Window Frames Are Damaged

If you want to know when it’s time for vinyl window glass replacement, take a look at the window frames.

Also, feel the frames with your hands. If the frame is soft, it is likely rotting or has considerable water damage. And, if your window frames are badly chipped, it’s just a matter of time before your windows start to sag.

Learn how to replace a window or hire a contractor for window replacement.

5. You See Condensation

The last clue that it’s time to replace a window is if you see condensation buildup on the inside of the window or in between the pane layers. When moisture gets inside the window or between the glass layers, condensation forms. This is a sign that the window seals are no longer working.

Condensation tells you that your window is not energy efficient. If moisture can get in, so can cold air. And heated air can also escape out this window.

Final Thoughts on When to Replace a Window

We hope these five signs help you identify when it’s time to replace a window in your home.

Also, keep in mind the age of the windows. The older they are, the less likely it is that they are energy efficient. If you want to lower your energy bill, you may also want to consider replacing the windows even if you don’t see these signs.

Considering replacing a window for your home or business? We can help. Contact us for all your Waukesha-area windows, doors, siding, and roof projects.