When should I replace my windows?


Knowing when to replace your home's windows isn't always as clear as it may seem. If your home is older than 15 years, it's probably a good time to check and make sure your windows are still operating correctly. For instance, do you have trouble opening or closing your windows? Do you consistently find moisture on your windows' interior? Just like your washing machine, refrigerator, or roof shingles, over time, your windows and doors need to be replaced. To help you through the replacement process, Andersen provides the following tips and solutions to help determine if the time to replace -- and upgrade -- is now.

Do your windows use single-pane glass?
Many older homes still use their original windows built with single-pane glass. Simply put, single-pane glass with windows is not energy efficient. These old windows often freeze open or shut, and they feel cold or icy to the touch. They’re also known to develop frost on the inside of the window, which increases the chances of breakage, ultimately causing damage to your home. Andersen introduced dual-pane glass in 1952, setting a new standard for energy efficiency in windows. Today, Andersen continues to lead the industry in pioneering advances in energy efficiency to improve the comfort of your home, while saving you money on your energy bills.

Does it seem especially noisy in your house?
If you live near an airport, a busy street or in an urban neighborhood, noise can be a common concern in your house. Replacing your windows with dual-pane or a laminated glass can reduce the noise transmission into your home. Many homeowners are often surprised how significant the reduction of exterior noise is once they’ve replaced their windows. Who doesn’t want more peace and quiet in their home?

Are you seeing your furniture, carpet, drapes or artwork fade away?

Ultraviolet rays entering through windows and patio doors can lead to fading of furniture, carpet, window treatments and artwork. These and other materials, especially ones with organic fabrics, are susceptible to fading when exposed to sunlight. Upgrading your windows to more energy efficient products can potentially reduce fading and extend the life of your personal and household items.

Are you still using storm windows?

The annual ritual of installing and removing storm windows can be challenging and time-consuming, especially for multi-level homes. The energy efficiency of new Andersen replacement windows eliminates that annual hassle of installing and removing storm windows. Imagine how easy spring cleaning can be!

Do your windows leak water or let in too much air in the winter or summer months?

The weather conditions outside your home should not appear on the inside—a good sign that your windows need to be replaced. Inefficient windows can leak, allowing water to come into your house both in front of and behind the walls—a leading cause of mold and mildew in homes. Old, worn-out windows or patio doors often leak air, resulting in high energy bills during peak heating and cooling months. The glass may be loose or the seal between the sash and frame may have weakened. We recommend replacing old single-pane windows with new windows that feature dual-pane low-E glass for substantial energy savings. You’ll see the cost for replacing failing windows is often diminished by overall household energy cost savings. Remember: if the weather outside is coming inside, you’ve got a problem.

Are your windows easy to use?

Is everyone in your household able to open and close the windows? If the windows refuse to open, get stuck in the up or down position, or won’t open in and out of place, it can pose a serious danger in the event of a fire. This, in and of itself, is a good reason to replace the windows in your home. In addition, if the thought of trying to open your windows gives you a headache, it’s time to replace them. It shouldn’t be a challenge to enjoy the outside elements from inside the comfort of your home.

Do your windows close and lock properly?

Besides being an important safety concern, air escapes through windows and patio doors left opened or even just unlocked. Escaping air greatly reduces the energy efficiency of your home, and replacing your windows helps to eliminate this problem.
Are your windows difficult to clean?

There have been great advancements over the years to window technology; thankfully, some of these advancements have provided more convenient cleaning options. Double-hung windows, for example, had to be cleaned from the outside. Now our double-hung windows feature tilt-in sash designs, which means the exterior glass can be cleaned from inside by tilting the sash inward for easy access. If you like the look of grilles but want windows that are low maintenance, consider grilles between-the-glass or removable interior grilles.
Are you tired of painting your window exteriors, or is the exterior paint peeling?

Those semi-seasonal touch-ups demanded by unclad windows can be a tiring, frustrating business. Want to eliminate this job for good? Replace your current windows with vinyl windows. Vinyl windows eliminate scraping, sanding and painting. Peeling paint on the outside of the window can also be a leading indicator that the window is not as solid as it once was, and can lead to further problems down the road.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, maybe it's time to give us a call for a FREE estimate!