How often should you replace windows?
Perhaps we’re biased, but we’re sure you’ll agree that windows are a fairly important feature in any home. When working beautifully, they provide you with views of the outside world, offer fresh air, and keep you warm in the winter. But what about when windows get old or damaged?
What are the signs that your windows might need replacing, and how often should you upgrade them?
How long do windows last?
Every home is different, and how long your windows last depends on the quality of the materials, the environment you live in and your lifestyle. If your kids enjoy kicking a football around near the house, your windows may not live out their full natural lifespan!
However, good quality windows should be resilient and withstand general wear and tear. Most window manufacturers agree that new, well-made windows should last between 15 and 20 years before you need to consider replacements.
Around this time, you may notice problems start to arise. Although you can make repairs, temporary fixes might not be enough to help your windows survive another winter. You may need to think about replacing the entire unit.
Signs that your windows need replacing
While there may be some obvious indications that you need new windows — a smashed pane, for example — some signs of window damage or aging can be quite subtle. Here are some things to keep an eye on.
Cracked window frames
Some elements of window damage can be repaired quickly. However, if your window frames are warped or cracked, it may be more effective to replace the whole thing. As well as being aesthetically displeasing, cracked frames reduce your window’s insulation efficiency and weather resistance. They can also provide an entryway for insects and other pests.
The fog may be caused by a tiny hole you can’t necessarily see. Or, if you have double or triple glazing that contains Argon, it could be a sign of gas leakage. Either way, foggy glass signifies that your windows are damaged and not working optimally, and you should consider replacing them.
Soft wooden frames
Timber window frames can provide a lovely traditional touch to your home. However, they do tend to require regular maintenance and are prone to warping when the temperature changes.
Excess moisture can also cause the external windowsill to rot. If you notice the wood feels soft, it might be a good idea to replace the window. It’s a sign that, even if there are no other obvious defects, the window is likely to break down soon.
You might want to consider replacing wooden window frames with more hard-wearing alternatives. Aluminium and uPVC window frames are durable and require less maintenance than timber frames. uPVC is also a versatile material that gives you a bit of creative freedom when it comes to design. Whether you go for flush casement, tilt and turn, or bay windows, with uPVC you can choose from an array of colours and finishes to complement your property.
When considering whether or not you need new windows, you can check for visual signs of damage, but you may also notice your rooms feeling colder or draughtier than usual. If you find that you put the heating on, but the room doesn’t seem to warm up, and you’ve tried caulking and weatherstripping, it could be a clue that it’s time for new windows.
High energy bills
Likewise, if your energy bills suddenly shoot up (particularly in the winter) it may indicate that your windows aren’t properly insulating your house. Insufficient seals or glazing can lead warmth to escape from your windows. No matter how high you set the thermostat, hot air will be going straight out the window along with your money!
Even if they’re in good condition, it’s a good idea to upgrade single pane windows to double glazing to improve your property’s insulation and lower your energy bills. Double glazing can also help reduce noise from outside and make your home more secure.
Over time, the repeated motion of opening and closing your windows can create grooves and divots, which can cause the frame to stick. If you continue using them as they are, the grooves may develop into cracks. Though wear and tear is normal, if your windows stick when you try to open or close them, it could indicate that they’re reaching the end of their lifespan and replacement might be beneficial.
Do any of these signs seem familiar? If you’re considering replacement windows, why not give us a call? Our friendly Perfecta team can help you find the perfect solution for your home. We can also organise home visits to assess the most suitable window replacements and upgrades for your property.
If you’d like more information, feel free to browse our guide on what to consider when looking for new windows. And if you’re ready to buy, why not pop into our Weston-super-Mare showroom to find your perfect windows?