There are several ways to tell whether or not it is time to replace your old windows. We will share that with you here. The process is simple but first, why would you want to replace your windows properly and with a contractor such as ourselves? The answer to that is just as simple.
When you have older windows, even if they are not wooden and show no outward signs of depreciation, you may still be leaching energy.
Your home energy bill will suffer greatly if your windows are leaching energy. This can happen when there is a draft or, if you live in a warm climate, your air conditioner will have to work double-time to cool the house which means much higher bills.
You may not have even noticed this happening until your bill suddenly has an extra $100 or more attached to it out of nowhere. This, could be the reason.
If you live in a colder climate the same thing happens because your heater will have to pump harder to heat the house up to the desired temperature. If you use oil or a gas furnace, you may notice that you have to use much more fuel to heat the home.
How to test your home for energy leaks through old windows.
- Tap wooden windows with a hard object that is small enough to push through the window pane. If it makes a dent fairly easily then it’s time to replace those windows.
- Are the windows hard to open or close? Old windows have been painted many times over and that makes a window misaligned. This can be a dangerous fire hazard if it won’t open properly.Even if it’s just a bit stiff or only gives you intermittent trouble, if the heat from a fire reaches the room or the exterior of the home near the window, it will expand and get stuck. If the window won’t close at all then this is a energy and safety from intruders issue.
- Peeling paint on the windows are also an energy leach. Wind, rain, ice and snow will allow moisture into the home. This also causes wood rot which carries a lot of other unrelated issues you don’t want.
- Drafts are also hard to track sometimes but even the smallest draft is significant enough to cause an issue. Tie a ribbon on the curtain rod or secure it some other way. Make sure all fans, heaters and air conditioners are off. Watch to see if the ribbon moves. In a properly sealed home, it should stay still.
The bottom line is this: Make certain you have the right windows in order to seal the home correctly. There are windows that will suit any budget. The choices are many. There are aluminum, vinyl, wood and other materials.
All it takes is a little research to find out which would suit both your budget and your style. Call us today and make an appointment for a free assessment.
In case your windows won’t budge, or repair is needed to a window frame, our fully insured specialists provide the quality work that gets your windows working right.
If you have purchased brand new windows, we will be more than happy to remove the old windows and install the new ones.
Replacing your windows in case you are planning on selling your house is also a great investment.
Having new windows can save you money not just monthly but in the long term. Replacing old windows with new ones decreases your energy bill up to 40%. In this age whereby energy prices are high, you will definitely enjoy the reduced prices. We do this by weatherproofing. We also do weather-stripping, insulation, shrink film, caulking and more weatherproofing options.
Windows are frequently exposed to all the elements. It is important to check your window frame for wood rot and cracked caulk each season. Our home improvement specialists will repair all your window frames back to an air-tight state.
Whether your new double pane windows are for your residence or for your business or rental properties renovation, we are here to install them for you.
We take all jobs with the necessary seriousness regardless of the magnitude.