When to replace windows in your Portland home

In last month’s post 5 things to know when buying energy efficient windows”, we told you everything you needed to know when buying replacement windows.  Now, it’s time to outline the signs that your home’s windows need replacing.

10 signs you need to replace your home’s windows

1. Is it drafty by your windows?Drafty Windows Portland

When standing by your window, can you feel cold air coming from outside?

Likewise, in the summer, can you feel heating radiating through the glass?

Both these symptoms can be remedied with new double or triple pane windows.

Another way to check for drafts is to hold a candle near the window.  If the flame flickers, there’s air coming in from outside.

2. Peeling paint on window frames?

While you may wonder what peeling paint has to do with your windows, it can actually be an important clue.  Peeling paint on the exterior of the house (near the windows) can be caused by moisture traveling through improperly sealed windows and back out to the exterior.

In an older home, exposure to the sun’s UV rays (along with temperature fluctuations) can cause the window frame to expand and contract, which will cause paint to peel.

3. Do window frames have mold on them?

Check your window frames for signs of mold or rotting wood. To do this, simply take a flat-head screwdriver (or other blunt tool) and tap the window frame.  If the screwdriver sinks into the wood or the wood seems soft-that’s a bad sign as the wood should be hard.  If it’s soft, you’ll probably need to replacement the entire window frame when you replace your windows.

4. Lots of condensation or frost on windows?

Whether you have single or double pane windows, frost or condensation can develop if you have inadequate insulation or poor thermal material (like aluminum framed windows) because it allows for a “too quick” transition from hot to cold air.

This is what causes moisture to develop.  If you have condensation between the panes of your windows, this can sometimes be fixed without replacing the entire window though it’s best to have a window professional come look at it.

5. Hard to open or close?

Do you need to use a stick to prop them open? Windows should not need to be propped open-they should stay open all by themselves.  In older homes, the wood sometimes gets swollen, which makes it impossible to open and that’s a problem too.

6. Can you hear outside noise inside your home?Replace windows in your home

People with single-pane windows sometimes don’t realize how much noise their windows allow.

With double and triple-pane windows, the extra layers provide much better sound proofing as well as being more energy efficient.

In addition, the insulation around your windows deteriorates over time and that creates openings for noise and air to enter your home.

7. Are windows sealed properly?

Check for caulk or sealing issues by inspecting the window frame.  During the day, you may be able to see daylight coming in around the edges though a better way is to check after dark.  Go outside your house and shine a flashlight all around the window frame.

A 2nd person can stand inside your home to see if they can see the light coming through.  If they do, it can mean caulk or sealing failure and energy loss as heat is escaping in the winter and cold air in the summer.

8. Do they make your home look dated?

Your windows may operate ok though for aesthetics reasons, you may want to replace them because the style is outdated or the look isn’t right for the rest of the house.  In addition, if you are planning on selling your home at some point, new energy efficient windows will have a higher resell value.

9. Tired of repairing them?

New windows are made to be low maintenance so if you are having to spend a considerable amount of time keeping your windows in working order and repairs are needed more and more frequently, then you may want to replace them.  If your windows are quite old, it may even be hard to get replacement parts when you need them.

10. Hard to clean?

If cleaning your windows is a real pain (or should we say pane), then new windows do offer a big advantage as some windows tilt in for easy cleaning on both sides.  Imagine being able to clean the inside and outside of your windows without having to climb the ladder. As an added bonus, you’ll stay nice and comfortable inside your house the whole time.

Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to inspect your windows.  Remember, it’s not necessary for ALL these items to be occurring before you replace windows in your home.

In our next post, we’ll give you some questions to ask when interviewing glass professionals during the estimate process and your options for window replacement.

Contact Sierra Glass if you want to schedule your free estimate or just have some questions.

May 3, 2017