If you want to make your home more efficient and improve the way your property looks, then new windows are an effective choice. The great thing about giving your windows some TLC is that you don’t always need to install a whole new unit. In fact, choosing to weatherstrip, install window films or add new PVC edging will help to extend the life of your current windows. However, if your windows have seen better days, then installing new ones may be the best way forward.
How Can I Tell If I Need to Replace My Windows
If you aren’t sure whether to invest in new windows or not, then lookout for any of the following signs that suggest it’s time to get them done:
Cracked Panes or Frames
If you have windows that are cracked or window frames that have warped or are damaged, then new installation is the best choice. It’s important to remember that damaged windows go beyond looking unattractive and can create ongoing issues with insulation, heating and mould.
If you have double or triple glazed windows and have noticed that they are getting condensation on the inside, then it is time to get them replaced. The area between the panes is filled with a special gas, and if that is leaking out and being replaced with air, then your windows will not work as well as they once did.
Wooden window frames look fantastic, but if the wood is beginning to soften, it means it is rotting and needs to be replaced. This fault can be annoying, especially if your windows still look great, but rotting wood will not just reduce the effectiveness of your windows but can let in moisture in your home.
If you notice that your windows are getting stuck when you try to open or close them and there is no debris in the way, then you may find it is time to replace them. Opening and closing windows puts strain on the frame, which will eventually crack and warp, resulting in stuck windows.
Feeling a Breeze
The last thing anyone expects when they close their windows and doors is a breeze flowing through the house. If you find that this is happening to you, then it may be the result of cold drafts being let in through the windows. Getting them replaced will help to rectify the problem and warm your home up too.
Increased Energy Bills
If you’re paying out more on your bills than usual, your windows may need replacing. Quality windows and doors work to keep the warmth in and the cold out, but as they age, they lose effectiveness. Investing in new windows will result in less gas and electricity being used.
How to Replace Windows
If you have decided to replace your windows, then you can choose between retrofitting or replacing. Retrofitting will cost less upfront but doesn’t always offer the best reduction in energy bills, whereas replacing will cost more upfront but potentially save you more in the long run.
If you are keen to pursue new windows, then always remember to get advice from an expert so that you get the best results that will last the test of time. Sovereign Home are always at the end of the phone with friendly advice, so give us a call today on