On average windows can last anywhere from 15-20 years, which can be useful news for homeowners as replacements can be expensive. However, how do you know when your windows are coming to an end? Here are 5 signs it’s time to replace your windows.
1. Feeling Drafty in Your Home.
During the cold, it is easier to inspect your windows to see if you can feel draft seeping through. This indicates if your windows were insulated correctly, warm air inside the home to escape of your home during the winter months which can hurt your electric bill.
2. Finding it Difficult to Open/Close the Windows.
There should be no reason as a homeowner to be fighting with your windows, but if you are finding yourself struggling to open or close your windows, a great temporary fix for the winter is to rub soap across the tracks of the window. Giving you extra time to save up for replacements.
3. Lacking Security
When your windows don’t properly lock, it is a clear sign that your windows need replacing as it leaves your home unsafe and vulnerable to intruders.
4. Condensation Starts Forming inside of the Windows.
Condensation is usually formed when warm moist encounters more cooling dry air. Windows can sweat on the inside when the temperature drops to about 40 degrees F. During the winter; you may notice ice or frost on the inside. Both of these are hazardous, as they can cause mold to grow around the frame. We suggest minimizing any risk and have them replaced as soon as possible.
5. Cracks in the Frames.
A clear sign that you need to replace your windows right away are cracks around the frames. This shows that your windows do not support your home and have gone through too much wear and tear. When wooden windows get older, they tend to break down and crack quickly. It’s not only unattractive but exposes your home and put your family at risk.