When you think about revamping your home, you think of redoing the interiors, getting a new roof, or adding a new room. The last thing on most people's minds is window replacement. Because most windows include wood in their structure, they decay or get worn out in time. Many people do not realize when it is time to replace the windows. Here are a few signs to look out for.
High Energy Bills
When your notice your energy bills are increasing drastically, it is time to consider window replacement. High energy bills mean that your AC is working overtime to try and regulate the temperatures inside the house. This is a clear indication that there are gaps in your windows that are letting outside air in.
Single-pane windows do not provide as much insulation as double-pane or triple-pane windows. When you replace your windows, install double-pane or triple-pane windows. These will save you money spent on energy as they are designed to prevent air from transferring from the inside of your house to the outside.
The wood around the glass is susceptible to rot when the paint wears off. Water seeps in through the cracks and into the wood, causing mold to form. This is what leads to the wood rotting. Rot can form anywhere there is wood present; the frames can rot due to rainfall or water from sprinklers, and the sashes and dividers can also rot due to rain.
When rot sets in, it destroys the structural integrity of the window, making it weak. It also poses many health risks to you and your family. It is cheaper and more effective to replace a window than trying to patch up the rotting wood.
Compromised Window Panes
Broken window panes are an obvious problem. These happen due to being hit by a stray ball, falling branches, or cracks that go unchecked over the years. No matter the cause, broken window panes call for immediate attention.
A broken window pane means that the window's entire function is compromised. Air will flow in and out, compromising the balance created by the air-conditioning. Repairing panes is easy when the glass only bears a crack. But, if the damage goes as far as the frames, it is easier to replace the entire window.
To learn more about replacing your windows for any of these reasons, contact a window replacement service near you.