We can pinpoint when milk will sour, how frequently we should go to the dentist, and how many days until Tom Brady’s next Super Bowl win.
You can’t, however, set your watch to the date you’ll need to replace your windows.
Window replacement timing depends on their build quality, their installation, and your location (living behind a golf course, for example, might dramatically shorten their lifespan).
Knowing this, you’ll want to make a habit of checking your windows periodically to make sure they’re in tip-top shape. If you notice any of the following signs of failure, you’ll want to take remedial action:
We all know that a smashed window needs to be replaced. But, there are smaller degrees of damage that should still be tended to:
- Chipped, cracked, dented or broken frames. This can cause water intrusion and drafts.
- Fog between the panes. This means the seal is broken which can impact a window’s ability to insulate from cold, heat and sound.
2. They’re Hard to Operate
If windows aren’t opening and closing properly, you may be inclined to put off repair or replacement. BUT, given that windows are a means of fire escape, you need them to function as intended. If you can’t resolve this on your own, talk to a pro.
3. Rising Energy Bills
If your heating and cooling costs are rising and you didn’t just recently start a home-based hot yoga studio, your windows may be the culprit.
Again, this is a great time to look for cracks and feel for drafts. If you can’t find any issues with your windows, you may want to get a professional to tour your home and identify potential sources of energy loss.
4. They’re Loud!
If your windows rattle when it’s windy or you can eavesdrop on your neighbor’s conversations without trying, your windows likely aren’t in peak condition.
You could have a loose frame or pane, or perhaps they’re old and just not cutting it anymore.
Speaking of old age…
Windows, sadly, aren’t like a fine wine.
While old age doesn’t automatically mean that your windows are failing, you should start paying more attention to them in their later years.
Save Money Long-Term
When you know which issues to look for and, more importantly, take the time to look for them, you’ll be more likely to detect failures early and, as a result, be able to remedy them inexpensively and save yourself the higher cost of early replacement.
Of course, if you’re at all unsure about what to do, it never hurts to contact a professional who’ll give you a more definitive assessment.