When should I replace my windows?

When should I replace my windows?

Deciding whether to replace your old windows—or whether to include new windows in your home project—is only a decision that you can make. It’s also a difficult decision; new windows are not the most glamorous project but they are important. If you are remodeling your home, broken windows can also damage your new finishes (and you don’t want that!). While only you can make the decision to replace your windows, there are some clear signs that can tell you that it’s time for those old windows to go.

Broken seal or pane

Windows with a cloudy appearance or mold between the panes have a broken seal, meaning the structure of the window is broken. In addition to being an eye sore, there is no way to repair the seal or damage. The only way to fix the problem is to replace it.


If you feel colder around the windows, don’t just assume it’s your imagination (and it’s not normal!). Check for draftiness. Light a candle in front of the window and look to see if the flame flickers. If the flame flickers, consider replacing the drafty window. Drafty windows not only affect the comfort of your home, but also cost you more in energy costs.

Window won’t open

The window might be painted shut. The hardware is broken. Whatever the reason, a window that won’t open can be costly to repair. In addition, these windows often have other issues that compromise energy efficiency. If you have windows that won’t open, get a free estimate so you can have new windows and capture the summer breezes when the temperature rises.

Rotted wood

Rotted wood is more than just ugly, it also compromises the performance of the window. It can be a sign of a water leak that can cause mold to grow. Rotting wood continues to rot and get worse;

contact a contractor to determine the extent of the damage and give you an estimate for a full replacement (and repair) before the damage gets worse.

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