When Should I Replace My Windows?
Just like any other part of your home, it is common to wonder when to replace your windows. The good news is that high-quality windows can last a very long time. That being said, you will eventually need to replace them. You should also be on the lookout for signs of warping or other issues that indicate the windows need to be repaired or replaced. If you aren’t sure whether repairs or replacement is necessary, a professional can inspect your windows and let you know.
They Are Damaged, Broken, Or Warped
The most obvious sign that you need to replace your windows is if they are broken, damaged, or warped. In some cases, you may be able to repair a damaged window, but if your window professional doesn’t suggest it, follow their advice. Windows that have been damaged in the past are more likely to break again.
You Want A Lower Energy Bill
If you find yourself with a monthly energy bill that is higher than you want it to be and you already turn off lights and electronics when not in use, consider getting new windows. Drafty windows can actually affect your energy bill by as much as 25 percent if not higher, and typically increase it at least 10 percent. Simply replacing the windows with new ones should help, but for the best reduction in your energy bill, opt for energy efficient ones. This will also increase the value of your home.
You Are Renovating
While replacing windows can be expensive, it won’t seem like as much of an investment if you do it during a renovation. If you are updating the exterior of your home but don’t do the windows, they may look odd, particularly if they are old. Similarly, you may want to replace your windows if you are getting your home ready to sell since it is a simple and affordable method of increasing value.
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