Common Reasons To Replace Your Windows

October 31st, 2022, 10:16 AM

Windows are a functional design element in most homes. They serve some very important purposes, including letting in natural light and fresh air. In addition, they allow you to enjoy views of the outdoors and add a bit of flair to the appearance of your home.

But, if your windows become damaged or worn, they can be the most significant reason for increased energy bills, in addition to letting moisture and drafts into your home.

To protect yourself from unnecessarily high utility costs and continue to enjoy all of the benefits of your home's windows, make sure you know when it's time to replace your windows.

Rotten Wood Around Windows or Non Functioning Windows

One of the most common reasons to replace a window is visible damage to the window's components.

Two types of visible damage to watch out for in your windows are rotten wood around the windows (in wooden frames or siding) and non functioning windows.

Wood rot occurs due to excess moisture accumulation in a particular spot. If any wood around your windows has a soft, spongy texture, it's a sign of rot. 

Discoloration, such as dark spots and stains, cracking, bubbling, or flaking of finishing, are signs of water damage that can potentially lead to rot.

Allowing the supporting wood around your window to decompose is not suitable for the structural integrity of the window (or your home). It risks the window's stability and compromises the seal.

As soon as you notice any signs of rot or water damage around a window, contact a window replacement contractor to inspect it and replace your window as needed.

Having a window that does not function properly, is also a clear indicator that the window requires a replacement. Windows that are stuck closed or do not open or stay open properly do not serve their purpose and can cause safety issues. 

Window Drafts

Another common reason for window replacement is a noticeable draft from a window.

Whether your window doesn't close properly, the glass is broken, or the seals around the glass are damaged, a draft from a window is one of the biggest energy wasters in your home.

Drafts let both warm air from heating systems and cool air from air conditioners escape your home. Drafty windows also allow cold or hot air in, causing your energy bills to increase significantly and making it difficult to keep your home heated or air-conditioned.

If you notice a draft or a change in temperature around your windows, they may need to be replaced (although we recommend trying some common fixes for drafty windows first). Get them inspected and dealt with immediately to limit the energy and money literally going out the window.

What Are the Benefits of Replacing Windows?

Besides fixing the issues discussed above, replacing your windows can provide many other benefits that make it a worthwhile investment. These include:

  • Improved energy efficiency/indoor comfort
  • More curb appeal
  • Better security
  • Noise reduction
  • Higher property value
  • Safer egress in an emergency

Even if you already have double- or triple-pane windows, replacing older windows with the newest models can significantly improve your home's overall energy efficiency and help you maintain comfortable year-round temperatures indoors.

New windows can also update your home's architecture and add to its curb appeal. With so many different window styles, you can change the whole look of your property with simple window replacements.

Safety and security is another aspect that a homeowner should consider. Replacing old windows allows you to install more secure windows to protect your home against security threats, such as burglary and storm damage. New windows can also ensure egress in the event of fire. In addition, many newer windows have child latches on them to help reduce the possibility of falls.  

Just as more modern windows are more energy efficient and secure, they are also more efficient at noise reduction. Better seals and better glass technology block noise from traffic, construction, airplanes, neighbors, or anything else that bothers you.

All the benefits of new windows mentioned contribute to your home's property value. If you ever want to sell your property, potential buyers may be more interested and be willing to pay more if it has newer high-performance windows.

Let Hodges Windows & Doors Help You

Hodges has a large variety of replacement window styles available for you to choose from when replacing your windows.

We offer the best window installation within our Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia service areas. Don't miss your opportunity to improve your home by partnering with Hodges Windows & Doors.

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