It can be hard to know when the time comes to replace your windows or if you can simply extend their life with some simple repairs. Because there are some pretty strict guidelines for replacement window manufacturers, most quality replacement windows can be expected to last up to 25 years. This is not to say however that all windows are created equal. At RAM Residential Remodeling, we use only the highest quality replacement windows that are built to stand up to the rigors of severe Minnesota winters. Here’s a handy guide to determine when your windows have reached the end of their life and that it’s time to replace them.
The glass in your windows will show its age in a few ways. While large cracks are quite easy to see and can be remedied by replacing the frames, your window panes may still indicate that the entire window is compromised. If the frame is warped or damaged, you may have small cracks in the window due to the overall instability and inappropriate distribution of pressure. When this happens, any new pane will eventually suffer from the same problem, so it’s probably time to consider replacing the entire window.
Another sign that your entire window is compromised is fogged window panes. If you get regular condensation and fogging in your windows, it’s a sign that they have reached the end of their life. When water is getting into your windows, it means gas is getting out. Because double and triple paned windows use a gas barrier between the panes for insulation, older windows with fogged window panes will become much less efficient in resisting heat transfer. In other words, your windows will lose heat (or allow it through) at a much more rapid rate.
Any cracks in your window frame means that the window itself is compromised and heated or cooled air can escape or bugs and vermin can come in. Likewise, any wood around your window frame that is becoming soft or rotten will impact the integrity of your windows and means it’s time to start shopping for new ones. Another symptom that your window frames are breaking down is when windows become stuck and do not slide easily within the frames anymore. When this happens, it means that cracks in the frame are not far behind.
There are another couple of things which may indicate your windows are less efficient than they should be. For example, if rooms become drafty, it’s likely that your windows aren’t as airtight as they once were. Likewise, increasing energy bills due to the exfiltration of your heated or cooled air through compromised windows is another indication that it’s time to inspect your windows.
When the time comes to replace your windows, it can be a stressful process to find the right new windows for you and to get them installed. Fortunately, here at RAM Residential Remodeling, we have the experience and training to make this process as smooth as possible for you. Give us a call today at 586-731-9830 with any questions or to get started!