Windows are essential components of any home, offering vital functional and aesthetic benefits. They let in natural light and warmth while providing protection against extreme temperatures and foul weather. They also muffle sound, provide security against intruders, and filter out harmful rays that can damage furniture and fabrics. Many window styles also open to usher in fresh outdoor air. Windows are can last from 15 to 30 years, sometimes much longer. However, there are a litany of factors that impact a window’s life expectancy, including the type and quality of materials used and whether it was properly installed and maintained. Even the local climate and weather can affect a window’s lifespan. Because of this variability, it’s tough to determine by age alone when to replace the windows in your home. Wondering whether your windows are nearing (or have surpassed) the end of their useful lives? Read on to learn the signs that indicate it may be time to replace your windows:
- Your windows don’t perform optimally: does your home feel drafty, even when the windows and doors are closed? Do your windows feel very cold or hot to the touch? Can you feel a draft around the seams and seals of your windows? Are your drapes, furniture, and artwork showing signs of fading or other UV damage? Are you concerned about rising heating and air-conditioning bills? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it’s probably time to replace your windows. Windows that aren’t keeping out the cold, heat, and damaging rays aren’t functioning properly. New technologies and designs have dramatically improved energy efficiency, so replacing your windows will virtually guarantee you’ll have lower energy bills and a more comfortable home.
- Your windows have functional issues: Windows that won’t stay locked, are difficult to open or close, or won’t stay in their closed or open positions pose serious safety and security concerns. A window that won’t lock gives intruders access to your home, while a window that won’t stay closed can allow critters to get in—and allow adventurous toddlers and small children to fall out. A window that won’t stay open can be equally dangerous. For example, the top half of a double-hung can fall closed, causing grave injury to anyone (or any limbs or appendages) in its way. In an emergency, a window that is difficult to open or won’t remain open can eliminate a potentially life-saving escape route. Keep your family safe by replacing windows that don’t function properly as soon as possible.
- Your windows are visibly damaged: Cracked or worn seals, broken or warped sashes or frames, rotting sills, cracked panes, condensation buildup between panes, and other visible signs of damage or disrepair are indications that your windows are no longer able to perform their vital functions. Inspect your windows carefully. If you see any of the above issues, it’s time to replace your windows.
- You’re unhappy with the way your windows look: Perhaps your windows are functional and perform reasonably well, but they don’t match your personal style or tastes. Today, there is a wider array of window types and architectural designs than ever before. If you’re making other updates to your home, want to boost curb appeal, or simply wish to change the look and feel of your home’s facade, replacing your windows is sure to make a tremendous impact. As a bonus, new windows that replace those that are even just a few years old will also likely offer improved functionality and increased energy efficiency.
Window replacement is a substantial investment, one that significantly impacts your family’s comfort, safety, and security now, as well as your home’s resale value in the future. Backed by over 20 years of experience, GJ Keller & Sons’ trained professionals can tackle any window-replacement project, large or small. So when it’s time to replace the windows in your home (or if you’re still not sure if you should), give us a call today at 973-927-0963. We’ll be happy to answer your questions, provide expert guidance, and give you a free estimate.