Although replacing the windows in your home may at first, seem like a lengthy, tedious job, you would be surprised how beneficial a fresh set of quality, fully functioning windows can be for the home. On average, windows last around a maximum of 20 years, which means that at some point, you should begin considering replacing. In many cases, you will start to notice prominent signs you need new windows.
Key Signs You Need New Windows
There are many problems that come alongside old windows which are starting to show signs of wear and tear. Not only does the risk of a break in increase due to the fragility of the materials, but they will also no longer be fit for purpose. You will start to notice a cold breeze coming from your windows, eventually leading to a dramatic rise in your energy bills.
We believe that with good maintenance, you can get a fair few years out of your windows before you need to consider replacement or deal with poorly conditioned frames. This is why we offer all clients a ten-year guarantee with their windows in Daventry.
Over the years, we have built up an extensive knowledge of window maintenance and have compiled these top ten different telltale signs. If you are noticing any of these, you may want to consider replacing the windows in your home.
1. Rotting or Warping
Window frames, in particular, those made from wood, can be somewhat tricky to keep in good condition, which means that they will begin to rot and warp. With the ever-changing British weather, frames become exposed to a lot of moisture, which will start to make the wood decay. The only way to stop frames from forming rot is to carry out regular protective treatments which can both be costly and time-consuming. Spotting rot in the early days can be resolved, however leaving the rot to spread further will make it increasingly harder to open and close the windows with ease.
Similarly to rot, wooden window frames, over time, can start to warp when exposed to large quantities of water and ongoing moisture. The wood absorbs all of the water and expands, resulting in a noticeable warping effect which means that the window will no longer fit in the frame.
If you do notice that your windows are beginning to rot, but are unable to replace them for a while, we suggest adding a layer of rot wood hardener in the meantime. Rot wood hardener adds a coat over the decaying woos which protects the frame from rotting further.
2. There Is A Draught
There is nothing worse than feeling a frustrating constant draught in the home and not quite being able to put your finger on the cause. If this is causing a growing problem in your property, it is highly recommended to investigate the condition of your windows and whether these are the main culprits.
Windows can allow a cold breeze to seep through, even if they are closed and secured. Many reasons contribute towards why windows become draughty, from poor installation to faulty seals. However, there are many preventative measures you can add to new windows to draught-proof your home. Both self-adhesive foam strips and metal strips can be added through DIY methods to fill even the smallest of gaps around window frames, ensuring that no heat is lost.
3. Increase In Energy Bills
The issue of draughty windows leads perfectly into the rising issue of increasing energy bills. If you have noticed an unusual rise in your energy bills month after month, then it is a good indication then you need to consider investing in new windows.
Windows that are not adequately insulated mean that heat is being lost, therefore forcing your central heating system to overcompensate to ensure your home remains at a comfortable temperature. The more heat that you allow to escape, the more you will be spending on your energy bills.
One of the best ways to check whether your windows are failing to insulate your home is to stand next to the windows and compare the temperature to the rest of the room. If you notice that the area is considerably cooler and the windows are cold to touch, then they are, unfortunately, no longer serving their purpose.
4. Windows Are Leaking
Noticing your windows beginning to leak tends to be more common in older homes after years of enduring varying temperatures and weather conditions. Damage such as broken seals means that your windows will no longer be water-tight and water will start to seep in even the smallest of gaps.
To be able to spot why your window is leaking, it is important first to identify where the leak is coming from. If you notice water stains on the wall around the window, it is a good indication that there is an opening in the wall surrounding the frames which is allowing water in.
On the other hand, if there are signs of water or stains on the frames itself, then your windows are likely to be deteriorating, or your drains are clogged.
5. Difficulty Opening And Closing
Difficulty opening and closing your windows should never be a problem that you put off fixing, it is a huge indication that your windows need replacing as soon as possible. Struggling to close the window makes you a prime victim for burglaries and inability to open the windows put you at great danger in the event of a fire.
uPVC windows often become tricky to open and close during warmer temperatures. This is because they expand and warp in hot weather. If you notice this now and again, but your windows go back to normal when cooled down, you may not need to replace them. Nevertheless, if this proves an issue every time it becomes warmer, then do not leave the problem unsolved.
6. Increasing Condensation
Condensation on windows during colder days is an indication that they are no longer forming a barrier between the cold air outside and the warmth of your home. When the warm air circling the home from your central heating comes into contact with the frosty windows, it begins to cool down, forming condensation on the windows and moisture around. As mentioned in sign one, allowing excess moisture to build around the windows will result in rotting and warping.
Those who have double glazing may also experience condensation between the two panes of glass which seems impossible to clear. This is a sign that your window seals are no longer serving their purpose, are allowing water to seep through, eventually causing a leak.
If you notice a build-up on condensation in double glazed windows early on, then it can be solved through misted sealed unit replacement. Misted sealed unit replacement allows the trapped air and moisture inside the panels of glass to be released and then sealed with an insulated barrier.
7. Your Home Is No Longer Soundproofed
You would be surprised how effective windows are in soundproofing your home until they are no longer cancelling out outside noise. Most modern windows are specifically designed to reduce the sound transfer into your home, which is particularly important for those who live next to a busy road or on the high street.
If there is next to no difference between the level of outdoor sound you can hear in your home when your windows are open and when they are closed, they are no longer providing you with acoustic insulation. It is more likely that the cause of a lack of soundproofing is simply down to the age of your windows rather than a specific problem, which makes replacement the only effective solution.
8. Lock Does Not Work
Putting off the task of fixing the locks on your windows is a huge no-go. In this case, it is less about the problems un-lockable windows may cause your home and more about the dangers you are leaving you and your family open to. Allowing the windows of your home to remain unlocked puts you at higher risk of having to deal with intruders or thieves as you are essentially providing them with 24/7 easy access.
9. You Do Not Have Double Glazing
If you are yet to replace your windows with double glazing, now is the perfect time to complete this incredibly effective renovation. If you are to purchase a home nowadays, it is more than likely that double glazing will already be a feature; however, you cannot be entirely sure. Always check whether windows are double glazed and if not, we strongly recommend that this is your first task to complete.
There are a plethora of benefits that come alongside double glazing, and if you want to prevent all of the problems involved in our previous warning signs, double glazed windows will solve this. Double glazing helps to promote higher thermal performance, sound insulation and security, along with lowering the risk of condensation and visible wear and tear.
With good maintenance and regular cleaning, double glazing windows can stay problem free for up to 20 years. For a simple guide on how to care for your glazing, take a look at Home Pro.
10. Constant Need For Insulation
It is entirely your choice whether you opt for adding extra insulation to your windows during the colder months. However, if you find that you are having to complete this job year on year, new windows should be a definite consideration. Not only is the constant need for additional sealant and insulation film time consuming, but the cost of materials will begin to add up and will no longer be a cost-effective solution. Although they may be only small annual costs, having to re-buy materials each year will become expensive when you can avoid the issue altogether through replacement.
Replace Your Windows Today!
Constant problems with your windows does become tiresome, particularly if they are starting to impact your home. Always feeling as if you have a cold draught seeping in or constantly having to clean away rot and water stains isn’t an appealing job, so you would most definitely benefit from investing in new windows. The great upside to replacing your windows is that if it is a more cost-effective alternative, you can opt for refitting one set of windows at a time over the period of a year or two.
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