While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can indicate it’s time for replacement windows. High-quality windows can serve you for years, but the Winston-Salem elements, heavy use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a home’s windows. If you don’t know if your windows are approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signs that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Winston-Salem just weathered a severe storm.
Towns that are likely to face severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for possible damage if they dealt with weather beyond what they were designed to handle.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to escape your home and allow outside air to drift in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work more than it needs to and can result in more expensive energy bills. Drafty windows can also be a sign of other issues, such as a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of warped window panes or other necessary repairs due to windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you decide if a window with this problem can be repaired with a minor amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your energy bill
Have you realized that your energy bills are abnormally steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your energy bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for electricity as your HVAC system has to work overtime to replace the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window staff can work with you to identify which type of windows might be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by considering such things as weather changes in Winston-Salem.
- You find condensation between your window panes
Although indoor condensation may not bother you that much, it could lead to window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation that exists between the panes of the window can be a sign of an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or solved with proper window replacement.
- Your house is in the middle of a makeover
A home makeover is an ideal time to replace your windows—when so many other parts of your home are getting a redesign, why not consider your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you are going to want your windows to reflect the new design of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with bigger panes of glass, they can offer more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Winston-Salem has a wide variety of window styles to select from and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new design.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes—use these indicators to help decide if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of Winston-Salem a call at 336-203-0704 or come into our showroom. You can also book an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.