9 Reasons to Replace Windows
#1 Broken Glass
Clearly, if you see broken glass or any other physical fault, your windows need to be repaired at the very least. If the glass on your window shatters for seemingly no reason, it may be due to shifting and your house settling. Possibly the glass was installed too big for the opening and the pressure caused it to break.
#2 Problems with the Pane
If your window pane is chipped or cracked, it may be a sign you need to replace your windows. Problems with your window pane can arise from natural shifting and settling, but it can also be a result of incorrect installation. We can’t stress enough the importance of finding reputable window contractors!
#3 Inability to Open
If your window won’t open or you have to go through hoops just to slide it up, it’s probably time for new windows! The performance of your windows will inevitably decrease as they age, at a certain point it’s better to replace them than opt for a repair.
If your windows can’t stay open on their own and you need to prop them open with something, they’re no longer in good working condition. There could be a problem with the springs, and although a repair may suffice, it’s usually financially wiser to go ahead and replace your windows.
#5 Caulk Corrosion
Corrosion of your window caulking is a bad sign. If you don’t take action immediately, mold, rot and condensation will settle in! If your caulking is corroding, be careful cleaning it because you could end up doing more damage.
Windows contribute to approximately 10% of air leakage in homes! A handy trick: hold up a lit candle near the edge of your closed window (inside your home) and slowly trace the entire frame. If the flame flickers or goes out, something isn’t right, and you may need window replacement.
#7 Frost or Condensation Buildup
If your windows get a wet or frosty glaze, they aren’t airtight, and your best bet is replacing them with more energy efficient windows. However, there could be other factors involved, such as poor ventilation, insufficient amounts of insulation or window seal failure.
If the glass on the interior pane of your windows feels warm to the touch in the summer and cold to the touch in the winter – or if it’s colder next to your windows than it is in the rest of your home, you need to replace the windows. Though it could indicate a lack of insulation, it could also mean your windows are drafty. If the latter is the case (and our window contractors will be able to tell you!), window replacement is the way to go.
#9 Old Age
Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to get around this one. Your windows, just like everything else, get old and their performance and reliability decrease with age. If you’ve had your windows for 20 years, it’s probably time for a replacement. This is not to say all windows fail after 10 or 15 years; according to the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), some windows can last up to 50 years! Factors that influence the durability of your windows include quality of construction, frame material, climate, maintenance and more.* National Fenestration Council