Telltale Signs It’s Time for New Windows

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Telltale Signs It’s Time for New Windows:

Telltale Signs It’s Time for New Windows


Introduction According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, new windows aren’t a purchase you have to make too often, as most will last for 20 to 25 years. However, when you need new windows, you need new windows because your home energy bills will start to climb, as well as other issues. Here are some telltale signs that it’s time for some replacement windows.

You Feel a Draft:

You Feel a Draft Windows that are functioning at full capacity are supposed to keep drafts out, so if you feel a draft coming in through a closed window, it may be time for a change. Even if it is just the weatherstripping around the window, it’s still a bad sign when air is coming through. If you can feel a cold draft coming in through the window in winter or a warm draft in summer, look into getting replacement windows to fix the problem.

The Candle Test:

The Candle Test According to Home Guide 123, there is a test you can do with a candle that will let you know if air is getting in where it shouldn’t be. Close the window securely, then stand close to the window with a lit candle in hand. Watch the flame, and if it flickers or blows out you have a window issue that needs to be addressed sooner than later.

Check for Decay:

Check for Decay Decaying window frames are another sign that it’s time for replacement windows. Marvin Windows and Doors suggests tapping the frame of the window with the head of a flat screwdriver. If the wood appears soft and the screwdriver pushes into it easily, you may have a moisture problem that requires attention.

Peeling Paint:

Peeling Paint Sometimes, if windows aren’t or installed sealed properly, moisture traveling in and out can cause the pant on the exterior of the house to peel. Also , in homes that are older, the expansion and contraction of exterior window frames from UV exposure may cause the paint to peel in the same fashion.

Frost and Ice:

Frost and Ice Frost and ice is a part of most winters, but it shouldn’t be forming on your windows. Properly installed, energy efficient windows will prevent condensation on the windows, which in turn prevents frost and ice from forming. If you see frost and ice on your windows in the winter, replacement windows may be in your future.

Does It Still Work?:

Does It Still Work ? You definitely need replacement windows if yours no longer function correctly. If you can no longer open a window or you have to use a prop to keep it open, it’s time to get rid of it. New windows have a smooth operation and they will remain open or closed when you open or close the window.

Tips for Maintaining Windows:

Tips for Maintaining Windows Whether your windows work wonderfully or you need new ones as soon as possible, it’s important to maintain them and keep them clean. Consumer’s Choice Home Improvement suggests cleaning glass with a reputable commercial glass cleaner or mild dish soap with warm water. You should rinse the glass with clean water and wipe it dry with a soft cloth when you’re finished. You can also use a squeegee, but check the edges before you do to make sure you won’t scratch the glass.

Tips for Maintaining Windows:

Tips for Maintaining Windows When you get replacement windows installed, choosing vinyl is a good way to keep your maintenance costs and efforts to a minimum. All you need is mild dish soap and water with vinyl, as chemicals may discolor the vinyl surface. In order to prevent condensation, Consumer’s Choice Home Improvement suggests trying a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity in your house, use the exhaust fans in your home or just open up the windows when necessary to let the humidity escape .

Tips for Maintaining Windows:

Tips for Maintaining Windows If you watch for the signs of faulty windows, replace them when necessary and keep them well maintained, your energy bills will stay lower and your home will always be comfortable.

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