While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you should consider replacement windows. High-quality windows can last for years, but the Wilmington elements, wear and tear and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a home’s windows. If you are unsure if your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Wilmington just dealt with a severe storm.
Cities that are prone to severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for possible damage if they dealt with weather beyond what they were designed to bear.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to escape your home and help outside air to sneak in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work more than it needs to and can cost you more on your energy bills. Drafty windows can also hint at other issues, such as needing weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of damaged window panes or other necessary repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
An expert can also help you determine if such a window can be repaired with a little amount of work or if it needs a full replacement.
- You want to lower your power bill
Have you noticed that your utility bills are abnormally expensive? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your power bills to increase by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can cause you to pay more for energy as your HVAC system has to work overtime to make up for the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window professionals can work with you to find which type of windows might be best for boosting energy efficiency, and therefore best for impacting your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Wilmington.
- You find condensation between the panes of your window
While indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could lead to window damage. Spotting condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning properly. However, condensation that exists between the panes of the window can be a sign of an issue. This problem can be easily avoided or fixed with proper window replacement.
- Your house is experiencing a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—while so many other parts of your home are getting a new look, why not add in your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are worn down, and you will want your windows to reflect the new style of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with more expansive panes of glass, they can add more light to your living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Wilmington has a wide variety of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new design.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes—use these signals to help identify if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of Wilmington a call at 910-218-9596 or stop by our showroom. You can also book an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.