Do I need new windows?!

Wondering if your windows are in need of replacement? Here are some things to look for.

Sometimes you’re not sure if your windows are in need of replacement.  If your windows are quite old and have not been replaced in many years, it might be time to consider new ones, as technology and materials have improved over time.  Sometimes, even relatively new windows may unfortunately need reassesment.  Here are some ways you can tell that you may need new windows:

You can’t open your windows and when you do, they don’t stay open.

Old windows just don’t operate like they should. They can be hard to open or hard to lock.  This may be due to issues with the window frame, sash, or hardware.  Rotting, warping, or decay on the window frames can occur over time, especially in wooden frames, and may compromise the window’s integrity.Whatever the problem, it may be compromising the safety, seal, or energy efficiency of your windows. 

Maybe your windows are the old single pane windows with storm windows on the outside.

Let’s face it, single pane windows just can’t keep up with today’s high energy bills. And those old aluminum storm windows don’t help like you think they do. If you are feeling cold air or a draft coming through your windows, it is likely a sign that the seals are no longer effective.

Today’s windows have never been more efficient and upgrading those old, tired single pane windows just makes sense.  A noticeable increase in your heating or cooling bills could suggest that your windows are not insulating your home properly. New, energy-efficient windows can help reduce energy costs.

Fading Furniture and Flooring: Old windows may allow UV rays to penetrate, leading to fading of furniture, carpets, and flooring. Modern windows often come with UV protection to minimize this effect.

Maybe you have the dreaded “builder grade windows.”

When your house was first built, the windows the builder installed looked just fine. Then you moved in, the builder went on to the next project, and you were left with poor quality, builder grade windows.

These are designed to last between 10-15 years, at the most and if you do need to replace parts, good luck. Many of these “builder-grade” window companies have gone out of business or have been bought out by bigger window companies. 

Foggy windows… and it isn’t even raining outside.

If you have a “fog” or a “haze” in your windows and, no matter how hard you scrub, you can’t seem to get it clean, it probably means the “seal” between the panes is gone and the insulating gas that helped make your window efficient has floated into the atmosphere. That’s bad.

Sure, you might have 2 panes of glass but without the insulation in between, your windows will be drafty and inefficient. 

window installers from 12 Penny Exteriors removing a pane of glass from a window

Time for a face lift. 

Your windows are one of the first things people see when they pull up to your house. With a fresh new look, your windows can really make a statement. 

It IS possible to have form and function all in one great product.  Today’s replacement window products can combine much-improved energy efficiency with almost endless customization choices for a style that is perfect for your home.  Want to see a few options?  Check out ProVia’s Design Center to get a sense for all the options available.

Think you may be ready for new windows?  We are here to help!  We can get started with a phone call, during which with some information from you and a few photos, we can provide you with a ballpark estimate of what we believe you should expect to invest in your project.   Use our contact form and we’ll reach out to schedule an appointment.

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