Unlike people who know when something is not fine with them and should be taken care of, windows on the other hand cannot speak. A window may not be broken but may be due for replacement. We will explore some of the signs to look out for that make it pertinent to replace your windows as well as when and factors to consider.
When is the perfect time to replace your old window?
The perfect time to replace your window with a replacement window will be based on the signs you can visibly see. What are the signs to watch out for?
The window is damaged:
Is your window warped?
Is your window cracked?
Is your window chipped?
This can be due to the use over the years, or damage which happened because of a storm. When you notice this, it is a good time to get a replacement window.
Window has drafts:
You can listen to the winds coming in through your window, you can feel the cold air drifting in around the frame, you can see the window quiver when you hold a tissue to it – it is time to get a replacement window. The drafts in your windows become more noticeable in cold months, this will make your heater or furnace work overtime to keep the temperature in your home balanced.
High cost of Energy:
This is related to drafts in windows. Because of your furnace or heater working more than its capacity because of window drafts, there will be a noticeable increase in your energy use and this will reflect in your energy bill. Instead of spending so much that will accrue in your energy bill, go for a one time spend of getting a replacement window.
- Window operation is poor:
Humidity changes, seasonal temperature, moisture damage may cause your window sashes or frames to become swollen. This can affect the seal and how well your window functions. Your windows should close and open with ease but if you find yourself going to the window repeatedly to keep it open or keep it locked, it is time to consider replacing the window.
When the seal of a window is damaged, moisture can penetrate between the panes. This leads to a foggy appearance on the window. If a tissue is needed to keep your windows clear all the time, then the window needs to be replaced. A good window has a tight seal which keeps moisture out of the home. If the fog is constant and leads to frosting, a replacement window is recommended.
Things to Know Before Getting Replacement Window
You are convinced that your window needs a replacement and replacement windows help to improve the value, beauty and comfort you derive from your home. Before embarking on this investment, be aware of the options that are open to you. This will help you choose the best option for you.
Below are some of the things you need to consider before choosing a replacement window.
Retro-Fit and Replacement windows:
These two terms are often used in place of each other. A replacement window is any window that is used to replace an existing window. The replacement is done using a Retro-fit window or a “New construction” window.
Retro-fit window means getting a replacement window without removing the perimeter frame of the old window. New construction window, on the other hand, is a three-step process that involves cutting back stucco, taking off the flashing paper and removing the old window. The window replacement is then installed, a new flashing paper is applied and the stucco is replaced.
Current Window type:
The present window type will influence to a large extent how your new Metal windows will be replaced with a retro-fit window that has a flange on the exterior. This will keep your old window frame hidden from outside. Wood windows are replaced with retro-fit windows that have a sill. This is designed to reconcile the slope of the window sill to be replaced.
Frame Material to be used:
There are different options to choose from when it comes to frame types. They all have their pros and cons. It is important to consider this before making a choice.
Vinyl frames are the best choice of frames. They insulate well, are maintenance free, relatively expensive and enhance smooth operations for your windows.
Aluminum frames have poor insulation qualities but if you already have aluminum windows in place and only want to replace a few, choosing an aluminum frame is better so it matches existing windows.
Fiberglass windows are good insulators. They are available in dark colors and are maintenance free.
Wood windows can come with or without claddings. These require regular maintenance and if there is a cladding, will require regular painting.
When Is a Window Replacement Not Recommended?
As mentioned earlier, if your window is not damaged – warped, cracked or chipped; does not have drafts; is still energy efficient; operates very well – closes and opens easily; the seal is very much in good condition and there is no condensation, then there is no need to get a window replacement.
Apart from the above reasons for replacement, some people want a window replacement because they want to give their home a makeover and add to the beauty and comfort they derive from the home. If this is the reason for replacement, this does not have a restriction and can be done anytime.
Replacement Window: Glass Replacement or Entire Window Replacement
Choosing to go for a glass replacement or entire window replacement will depend on the reason for a replacement window.
A broken windowpane may not need an entire replacement, the glass can be replaced instead as a quicker and affordable alternative. Also, condensation can be taken care of by just replacing the glass instead of replacing the entire window.
A drafty window glass may not be completely solved with just replacing the glass. You can replace the glass but to be efficient, an entire window replacement is better. This not only helps to keep the temperature in the home stable, it also adds to the resale value.
Replacing only the glass when getting a replacement window means you spend less and save more. On the other hand, replacing the entire window may be more expensive but the benefits enjoyed will be double that of choosing to replace only the glass.