Windows are essential in protecting your home from weather extremes and harsh elements. They also play a major role in keeping your home comfortable and you and your family safe indoors. However, like your roof and siding, they won’t last forever, and will eventually need to be replaced.
Here a multi-family siding and window replacement expert talks about how often windows should be replaced.
How Often Should You Get New Windows?
Various factors can affect how well your windows age. Properly-installed, well-maintained units can last 15 to 20 years or more. With proper care, your windows can even last longer than 20 years. However, you should consider getting new windows if they’re two decades old or older.
Signs You Need New Windows
Increased Energy Bills – Inefficient windows allow conditioned and heated air to escape your home and outside air to enter. This can cause your HVAC system to work harder than it should, resulting in higher energy costs. These windows can also make your living spaces uncomfortable. Like residential and commercial siding, windows play a major role in a structure’s energy efficiency. When your windows are nearing the end of their service life, you’ll notice an increase in your heating and cooling bills.
Damaged Windows – Wood windows are prone to warping and rotting. These problems are not only unsightly, they can also cause air leaks, flooding and complete window failure. Moreover, windows can become harder to operate as they age. If your old windows are hard to open and close, consider getting new ones.
Condensation In Between the Panes – Condensation that can’t be wiped off of glass is an indication that the seals of your dual-pane windows have broken. When this happens, moisture will get between the panes, which means that your windows are no longer energy efficient.