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How to Know it’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Posted April 21, 2020

How to Know it’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Well-maintained windows purchased from a reputable manufacturer can last between 20-25 years; however, there are many factors at play. From afar, your windows may look fine, but there are some telltale issues to keep an eye out for. By recognizing these signs, you can take your time finding the best replacement windows on the market.

Sign #1: Damaged, Warped or Broken Windows

You can address individual windows if they have minor problems like needing new hardware or weathershipping. However, damaged, warped or broken windows or windows experiencing seal failure almost always benefit from a replacement instead of a repair.

  • Older windows (20+ years) don’t have the same durable parts that modern windows do. They’re often made from thin glass and lower-quality aluminum or wood frames that break easily.
  • A seal failure is apparent, yet distinct by: fog or condensation between glass, panes of glass that look distorted, can’t clean glass from outside, a crack is going through the glass, and if you feel breezes.
  • To take advantage of modern materials, it’s best to replace your windows and enjoy durable glass panes, sturdy frames and weather-resistant materials.

Sign #2: High Energy Bills

Windows let in sunlight, providing some heat during the winter months. Drafty windows, on the other hand, let in warm or cool air. When this air enters the home, it requires your heating and cooling equipment to work extra hard, raising your energy bills.

  • Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25-30% of residential heating and cooling energy use.
  • Always choose Andersen windows that are efficient for your climate. Components to pay attention to include the frames, glazing type, gas fills, spacers and operation types.

Sign #3: Big Storms

If you live in an area that is prone to severe weather, the chances of experiencing damaged windows is much higher. As a matter of fact, just living off the New Jersey coast can take a toll on your home’s exterior, including your windows.

  • Mother Nature is no match to Andersen coastal windows, which are designed, engineered and manufactured to withstand severe coastal weather conditions.
  • Rather than storing and installing storm panels or shutters, impact resistant glass protects against windborne debris and corrosive conditions.

Sign #4: Your Home Requires a Makeover

Windows are one of the most prominent features of your home. If they look worn, your home will, too. When preparing for a home makeover, consider a window installation that provides you with a more comfortable interior and flashy exterior.

  • Replacement windows freshen up your home’s appearance and boost property value, making it easier to sell your home in the future.
  • Scientists at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) report that daylight environments increase productivity and comfort, boost mental and visual stimulation and raise serotonin levels.

Replacement Windows: A Home Improvement That’s Worth It

Older windows that suffer damage or wear and tear are usually the best candidates for window replacement. This home improvement will provide you with the latest materials and technologies that will ensure comfort, usability and cost savings throughout your entire home.

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