When should I replace my windows?
Our homes are not all the same age, with the result that some were built before energy conservation became important. Many people opt to replace windows now for this reason alone, but there are also other reasons why it might be feasible to replace the windows of your home.
Older homes were built with relatively porous materials, allowing both air and water vapor to easily sneak through windows (and even walls!) Today, insulation is one of our top priorities as energy efficiency has become an important consideration for both our comfort and the market value of our homes. New window techniques involve reducing airflow, creating vapor barriers and keeping cold air out. However, this also causes opportunity for moisture in for example bathrooms, kitchens and laundries to be locked inside. If you notice continuous water on window sills and panels, it would be a good idea to replace them as this could warp window frames and sills, and also damage paintwork. The same applies if you notice condensation between the glass panes of double and triple paned windows, as this would be an indication that your windows are no longer doing their job.
Windows have many components that make them work, though we barely think about them. Gaskets between frames and glazing can get damaged over time and allow water to seep into frames or spaces between frames and also between frames and walls. This can cause window frames to warp or perish, depending on the material. Frame fasteners can also rust or come loose. Your windows can then become difficult to operate or even get stuck. When this happens, it’s probably time to replace them.
If you can hear a lot of outside noise in your home, it would be a good idea to replace them. Modern windows don’t only block out elements of nature, but also noise. Noise can make you lose sleep and disturb your general peace, impacting on your focus and therefore career; not to mention your energy to maintain a social life!
Energy-efficient windows should not let drafts in. If you can feel a draft around the window, the window seals might not be making the grade anymore and there is a good chance the rest of it is also outdated. Modern UPVC windows last around 25 years, after which they would probably need replacing.
Heat and cold:
Replace single pane windows, as they are not energy efficient.