9 Signs It Might Be Time To Replace Your Windows
It’s very easy to put off home improvement projects. However, windows can truly transform both aesthetics and performance for your home. Here’s 9 signs to tell when it might be time to replace your windows.
1. There is a Draft
If you feel the cold outside after touching your window or feel a draft when you stand next to them, compared to the rest of your house, it is time to look at replacing your windows. This could be down to poor design or lack of weather-stripping around the sash and frame.
Marvin’s high-quality windows and doors are designed for energy efficiency so you can keep the weather outside where it belongs.
2. It’s Too Hot
When your windows are closed on hot days, do you notice that your house seems quite warm? The reason for this is older windows lack the proper insulation that helps keep the heat out when the sun is shining down on them. Modern double glazing features Low E coating that keeps your interiors comfortable. This clear metallic coating blocks sun rays from passing through your glazing due to the sun being higher in the sky. During the winter when the sun is lower in the sky, this clear coating allows the sun rays to pass into your home. It will also protect the fading of your draperies/curtains, carpet, and other furniture.
3. Your Windows Are Old
If you have your windows 20 to 30 years, there is a chance they may be the home’s original windows, and it’s likely they are made with single-pane glass. Windows that do not have proper glazing may not be keeping the UV rays out of your home, and this can cause problems like fading to your draperies/curtains, carpet, and other furniture. Marvins double/triple glazed windows consist of argon gas that helps temperature in your home remain more consistent every day of the year.
4. They Will Not Open
There are numerous reasons a window might not open. When you have old wood windows in your home, the years of painted frames can result in your windows being difficult to open. If your windows seem like they are glued shut and will not open at all, it’s time to look into replacing them. With older aluminium or timber windows, it can be based on swelling during temperature changes or springs in the handle becoming inoperable when you press them to release the locking mechanism.
5. Visible Damage
This is an undeniable sign that it is time to consider replacing your windows. Telltale signs for damaged windows include:
- Visible water stains on or around the window
- A-frame that’s bent or broken
- Deterioration or chipping of the frame or glass
- Broken glass
Although some window damages do not need to be fixed straight away, it will start to affect your comfort in your home from a cooling and heating perspective.
6. Outside Noise
If you can hear outside noise when you have your windows closed, it is likely your windows are not providing enough acoustic insulation.
Replacement window glazing can be specially engineered to block sound waves by incorporating different glazing thickness and gaps between the panes. Standard double/triple glazing alone will do very little to reduce outside noise.
7. Hard To Clean
Cleaning your windows is not something you need to worry about every day, but it should be done a couple of times each year. Older windows will not easily lift out of the tracks making them more challenging to clean. New windows make it more manageable to maintain as they’re designed to be removed.
8. Improve Aesthetic
Your windows say a lot about you, reflecting your sense of style, personality, even your approach to life, so getting the right design advice is essential. That’s why Marvin offers such personalised solutions – so your home can reflect who you are.
9. Return On Investment
By Investing in replacement windows with low U-values, you will improve the energy performance of your home. This is one of the leading reasons that should change your windows. By having new, well-designed windows, you can sit back, relax and enjoy lower utility costs.
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