How Do You Know When it's Time to Replace Your Windows and Doors?

When was the last time you checked the condition of your windows and doors? Homes that are over 20 years old with original windows and doors are typically due for an upgrade. Window replacement and door replacement can be a huge project and lengthy process, so it’s easy to put off replacing them until it’s completely necessary. But, how do you know when it’s time to replace your windows and doors? Below are 5 important signs that you need to replace them:

1. Fault Operation

Are you finding it difficult to open your windows or doors? Windows and doors that were not installed correctly will develop balance issues. This makes the windows or doors challenging to open or close. Windows and doors that are rusting or rotting can also be difficult to operate. If your windows and doors do not close properly, this can impact the heating and cooling around your home, as well as the safety of your home.

2. Increased Outdoor Noise

Are you hearing a lot of outside noise? If so, your windows or doors may not be sealed correctly or they were poorly made to begin with. Insulating frames and double or triple pane glass will help to reduce noise from dogs barking, traffic noises and people walking outside of your home..

3. Visible Physical Damage

If you look at your windows and doors and notice certain signs of physical damage, such as water stains, chipping, holes, cracks, and other forms of deterioration, know that you should be planning to replace your windows and doors.

4. Increased Energy Bill

If you notice an increase in your energy bill without adding a new electrical device, the chances are high that your windows and doors are the culprits. They may have been damaged and letting your HVAC system work harder, which makes your energy bills increase. As a result, if your energy bills are increasing for no obvious reasons, your windows and doors need to be replaced.

5. Faded Carpets and Window Treatments

If your carpets, curtains, window treatments, and furniture have begun to fade, you should plan to replace your windows. Your windows allow harmful UV rays to enter the home and cause interior decor to fade.