When you consider home improvement projects that you’re enthusiastic about, replacing windows might not be at the very top of your list. Kitchen renovations, bathroom redesigns, and new siding installations are all a bit more glamorous than a window installation project, but the value of new windows shouldn’t be underestimated, especially if your windows are suffering from any of the five problems discussed below.
Five Signs You Need Replacement Windows
Do you feel a draft? Poor seals are common in older windows, and you’ll likely notice cold air moving through your home in the winter more easily than you will feel warm air in the summer. No matter when you notice drafts, a broken seal in your home will cause your HVAC system to work overtime to compensate, raising your monthly heating and cooling costs in the process.
Many windows become more difficult to open as they age. This is often due to improper window installation, rusted mechanisms, and warped frames. Regardless of what’s causing them to function improperly, it’s important to be able to open, close, and lock your windows to keep your home secure. You should also be able to open them with ease in the event of a fire or another emergency.
Moisture and Rot
If your windows are framed with genuine wood, then you’ll want to inspect them periodically to ensure that moisture isn’t building up on the windows and that the frames aren’t rotting. Oklahoma City certainly doesn’t have to deal with as much humidity as coastal cities, but cool temperatures and moisture buildup can lead to mold and mildew growth. This growth can spread to the surrounding wall and cause further damage to your home, so contact a window replacement company as soon as possible if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
How old are your windows? As a general rule of thumb, you should plan to replace your windows every 25 years or so, but your mileage may vary depending on how well they were installed and how well you’ve cared for them. If you notice any of the signs discussed in this post or the glass has become foggy and difficult to see through, then you should consider investing in replacement windows in the near future.
We mentioned above that window installations aren’t always at the top of homeowners’ to-do lists, but we believe that they should be!
Whether you’re redesigning your kitchen, reimaging your bathroom, or overhauling any other area in your home, consider how new windows could make a significant difference in your enjoyment of the remodeled space. Would a large picture window give you the view of your backyard that you’ve always wanted? Would adding a few small windows to the upper wall of your bathroom provide you with more natural light?
No matter what your needs are, the window installation experts at IBEX Window and Door can help. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form if you’d like to learn more about replacement windows in Oklahoma City!