Repairing and replacing windows is one of the many realities we face as homeowners. Here are some of the top reasons and telltale signs your windows need to be updated.

Replacing compromised windows
Any time that your windows are damaged, show your windows the TLC they deserve. In the case of mild damage, you may be able to reglaze (or replace the glass of) your windows. If your windows suffer more serious damage from impact or severe weather events like hurricanes or tornadoes, replacing your windows is the better option.

Moisture can cause your window frames to warp which can then lead to other problems in your home. If you have double pane windows, the seals can fail, leading to moisture getting trapped between the panes. The gas (usually argon) can also leak out of your double-pane windows, which degrades the insulating effect the windows have. With double-hung windows, the wood can swell due to moisture from humidity. If you’ve got water leaking around the windows, chances are your windows aren’t shut tight enough. Sometimes, the water is coming from an unrelated problem like a roof or siding leak.
Any of these symptoms can signal the need for repair, and in some cases, replacement.

Upgrading your home’s aesthetic

If you’ve purchased a home with less-than-amazing windows or you’re looking to give your home a facelift, inside and out, upgrading your windows can do wonders. Upgrading your windows has the potential to bring more light into your interior spaces and increase your home’s overall appeal. If you’re planning on selling your home, replacing the windows is a great remodeling touch that will make your home more attractive to potential buyers and can give you leverage to increase your asking price.

Improving your home’s energy efficiency

Replacing your old drafty windows for new, energy efficient windows can save you up to 15% on your home energy costs. The bad news is that energy savings alone aren’t necessarily reason enough to replace all the windows in your home. The price of replacing your windows can rise into the thousands of dollars. The average household spends around $1300 on energy costs each year, so, those windows won’t pay for themselves in energy savings any time soon. One of the chief benefits of new windows comes in their ability to keep your home warm during the winter. Outdated windows leak air, so mid-summer and mid-winter can be particularly uncomfortable in older homes where the windows aren’t living up to their potential. Of course, replacing seals and weatherstripping are ways to improve your windows’ insulation without breaking the bank.

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