Depending on the condition and lifetime of your current windows, you may be considering some new replacement windows Vienna. Most vinyl windows last anywhere from 20-40 years. Although windows that weren’t properly installed or ones exposed directly to sunlight or the elements on a regular basis may have a shorter lifespan. General upkeep over the years can also play a role in determining how long windows will remain functional, visually appealing, and energy efficient. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to replace your home’s windows, read on for signs that suggest you should invest in new windows.
1. You Have Older Windows
If your windows have been around for 20-30 years or more, they may be original to your home or not in line with Energy Star standards. Older windows are also less likely to block UV rays, especially if they don’t have sufficient glazing. Windows that have been in use for years may also have hidden rust that’s affecting the tracks and related parts.
2. Your Home Consistently Feels Drafty
Anywhere from 10-25 percent of a home’s heat escapes through windows. High-quality windows can significantly reduce this percentage, which could contribute to added savings on your utility bills. If “fixes” such as replacing worn or damaged caulk or insulation don’t make much of a difference, new windows can make your home less drafty and more efficient.
3. Your Home’s Windows Won’t Open (or They Often Stick)
It’s understandable to have windows that sometimes stick when it gets too humid. But if it’s happening nearly every time you try to open your windows, it may be a sign it’s time to consider replacement windows. With older aluminum windows, swelling can make springs inoperable. Older wood windows are sometimes affected by warping. Years of painting and repainting frames can also affect how wooden windows open.
4. Your Home Is Too Hot When Windows Are Closed
Have you noticed that even when you close your windows to put your AC on that some rooms are still too warm? Assuming there’s nothing wrong with your air conditioning, the problem could be windows that aren’t capable of blocking some of the sun’s rays and heat energy. You may also be able to improve airflow in your home by replacing picture windows with awning, casement, single or double hung, or horizontal slider windows that provide better ventilation.
5. Outdoor Noise Is Too Distracting
If your windows have been in place for many years, your neighborhood dynamics may have changed to the point where there’s more outside noise. Another scenario is that you may now have younger children or older family members who need quieter environments while they sleep. One way to block outside noise is to opt for windows with a higher sound transmission class (STC) rating, which is how sound blockage through glass is measured. Another noise reduction option to consider is to go with double-glazed windows as an upgrade from single-pane ones.
6. There’s Visible Damage
Over time, windows can get water stains that don’t entirely come off. You may also notice chipping or deterioration on the glass or frame. Depending on the severity of the visible signs of damage to your windows, you may reach a point where you can no longer ignore cosmetic imperfections. While certain issues can be corrected with repairs, it may be less expensive to simply opt for replacement if damage is widespread or affecting multiple windows.
7. Your Existing Windows Are Affecting Your Home’s Appearance
Windows are one of the most prominent features on a home. But if they happen to be older, worn and faded, or damaged, they’re not going to do anything good for your home’s aesthetics. Replacements windows can also better reflect any exterior improvements or home updates you may have made since your older windows were installed.
8. You Don’t Like How Your Windows Operate
Just because you’ve had windows that open with up-and-down movements for years doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from windows that operate differently. Window replacement is a prefect excuse to consider windows that work in a way that’s more convenient for you. For example, you may find it easier to manipulate windows that slide open or ones that open from the top inward.
9. Your Windows Are Difficult to Clean
It’s safe to assume nobody likes cleaning windows. However, the task can become even more daunting — and even unsafe — if you have to get out ladders to reach outside panes of glass. Older windows that flip out for cleaning can also have issues with the tracks that can make it difficult to manipulate them. Newer windows that conveniently and smoothly flip inward can make cleaning a breeze.
10. You Are Planning to Sale Your Home in the Future
It may seem illogical to invest in replacement windows if you are fairly certain you’ll be selling your home at some point. However, doing so could result in a nice boost in home’s value and what people are willing to pay for it. Plus, potential buyers tend to appreciate anything with long-term ROI potential. For instance, vinyl replacement windows Vienna have a 74 percent return on investment, according to Remodeling Magazine.
When you’re ready to explore your options, a home remodeling contractor can help you narrow down your selection. Keep in mind that replacement windows may also help you earn a tax credit or a discount on your homeowner’s insurance policy.