October 15, 2015
When it comes to home maintenance and care, windows tend to be one of the last things we think about. We sit in our breakfast nooks, peering out into our serene backyards, not thinking of the piece of glass that separates us from that beautiful scene. However, over time these parts of our home that we take for granted may start to show symptoms of wear and may need replacement. Especially if your home was built more than 15 years ago, you’ll want to pay attention to the following warning signs that our Maryland window replacement experts have seen time and time again.
1. Your Windows Use Single-Pane Glass
This issue is one that will only plague much older homes, as more modern ones are constructed with double-pane windows. However, if you fall under the former category, you’ll want to have your windows replaced as soon as possible. Single-pane glass windows are terrible for energy efficiency as they allow heat to escape more freely from the indoors to outdoors and vice versa. This means increased energy bills and a larger environmental footprint. In addition, old windows are more prone to freezing open or shut and can also develop frost on the inside, which can lead to breakage and damage to your house.
2. Your Home is Drafty
It’s not very pleasant to get comfortable lounging on your couch only to get a sudden cold chill as the freezing air whips through your home. If the seals on your windows have failed, they could be letting drafts of air seep in. Not only does this make for an uncomfortable relaxing experience, but it can also negatively affect your energy efficiency, costing you additional money on your bill.
3. Outside Noises are Loud
Modern windows should be keeping out the plethora of sounds going on outside of your walls. Sure, you’ll still be able to hear a car alarm go off, but if it sounds like it’s coming from your kitchen, then you have a problem. Outdated windows, especially those that are single-pane, struggle to keep out loud noises and should be replaced with double-pane windows. Consider getting laminated windows for further sound-deadening properties if you live in an urban environment.
4. There is Condensation Between Panes
Have you ever looked at a window and noticed a layer of water or condensation inside of it? This is due to a leaky seal that has allowed outside moisture to penetrate the panes of the window. In a properly functioning window, a layer of air or gas between the panes provides additional insulation. But in the case of internal condensation, the window is no longer working properly and ought to be replaced.
Do any of these signs sound familiar to you? If so, you should seriously consider having your windows replaced – and quickly too, because the longer you wait, the more money you will be wasting on your energy bill. And if you need assistance picking out your new windows and having them installed, give us a call or contact us online.