Your windows play a huge role in your home. They bring in light and fresh air and are part of your home’s elegance. While regular maintenance can help keep windows working smoothly for years, even the best windows will need to be swapped
out at some point. So how do you know whether it’s better to replace, rather than repair, your windows? Here are three clues to watch for:
- Poor performance – when you
start realizing that there is air leaking in or
view condensation and fogging on or between the glass panes, it
might be time to consider window replacement.
Difficulty opening and closing the windows, including those that have been painted or
nailed shut, is another sign you might
need new windows.
- Appearance – chipping,
deterioration and water stains on the inside or outside of the window are
clear indicators of worn down windows. Many homeowners will
also consider window replacement when their current
windows’ design or style no longer matches the
rest of the home.
- Effort – if replacement parts
are hard to find or no longer sold, or when cleaning is a
huge hassle, you
should think about an upgrade. These concerns are more
common for old homes that still have their original windows, which
likely experience problems with performance and appearance, as
Some window replacement projects depend less on performance and more on a homeowner’s lifestyle or style preferences. For instance, new windows can help lessen obnoxious sounds coming from outside, such as traffic, weather and annoying neighbors. In some cases, exposure may cause windows on one side of your house to deteriorate earlier than the others. You can take a crack at finding replacement styles and colors that best match your existing windows, but think through the option of replacing the windows on that side of your home, or explore alternatives if you can’t find a close match.
Energy efficiency should also be a consideration if you’re planning a window replacement. Energy efficient glass options can offer better protection on your interior furniture, paint and decorations by helping keep out harmful ultraviolet rays that might cause fading. Additionally, consider replacing fixed windows that don’t open. Venting windows help let in more fresh air into your home, taking a light load off your heating and cooling equipment when the weather in Washington DC is nice.
If you have other questions about replacing your home’s windows, visit a sales representative at the Pella showroom in Washington DC, or call (301) 327-3013.