So What Are The Common Window Replacement Signs?
Your windows may not actually be able to tell you about their stressful day, but they are giving you signs that something is not right. Most high performance window can last around 20 years with proper maintenance and care. However, if your windows are old or constructed out of lower quality materials, there are a few key signs that you need to look out for. Let’s have a look at some of the common window replacement signs.
Your Windows Are Becoming Stiff And Stuck
When you’re getting your daily work out from opening and closing your windows, it is often the result of the wood swelling due to damp air or high humidity. Older Sliding Sash windows can also become unbalanced due to poor design and material quality. Sometimes adding lubricant in the sliding track can fix these problems. However, this is often a short term solution and your windows are telling you to replace them.
Your windows should work flawlessly and require little to no effort to operate them.
You Want To Reduce Your Energy Bills
With the threat of global warming and the ever increasing house hold bills, it makes sense that you would want to reduce your energy expenditure for both the hole burning in the ozone layer and your pocket. Did you also know that having high quality energy efficient windows can drastically improve the value of your home and are often used as a unique selling point if you’re looking to sell your property?
Drafty windows can increase your energy bills by 10-25%, which is a lot of money that can be wasted over a prolonged period of time. The cause of drafts is often due to wear and tear, high levels of moisture, poor maintenance or installation and unaddressed moulding between the seals. Caulking and weatherstripping can help reduce the entrance of excess air but is often a short term solution. You need to factor in the quality and the total lifetime of the windows as well.
It is important to make sure that your new replacement windows have a low U-Value number as this indicates to a higher performing energy efficient window. To learn more about energy efficiency and U-Values click here.
You Can’t See Out Of Them
Not being able to see crystal clear through your glass panels is one of the many different window replacement signs. Condensation, fading, and discolouration (moulding on the window) are often the main culprits as to why it’s becoming more difficult to see through your window panes.
The first thing that you need to do is to assess what is causing the fogging of your windows. If you diagnose that the fog is appearing between the two panels of glass between your windows, this is another sign that your seals have failed resulting in air being let in. This is a major sign that you need to replace your under performing windows.
Marvin Architectural has developed special metallic coatings (known as Low E or low emissivity) which reflects radiant heat and restricts its flow through glass. During cold weather, it will keep heat inside. In hot weather, it keeps the heat outside. Using energy efficient windows will keep the interior glass surfaces warmer and thus reduce the interior cool surfaces on which moisture can condense.
Outside Noise Is Becoming A Common Nuisance
If the neighbour’s dogs or noisy children are waking you up too early on a Saturday morning, increased noise reduction is a hidden benefit of replacing your windows with high-performance double or triple glazing.
In order to reduce excess noise from the outside, you need to design your double glazing in a special way to reduce the sounds waves coming through. If both panes of glass are designed identically in thickness the sound waves will travel through at the same frequency and will transmit the outside noise inside.
Thus in order to change the frequency of the sound waves, you need to use different thicknesses in the glass panes. To learn more about Marvin’s sound resistant solutions click here.
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