7 ways to tell if you need new windows in 2017
Do you think you might need to replace your windows this year? Having new windows installed is a significant investment, so if you’re not sure whether or not to take the plunge and go for it, take a look at our handy guide.
We’ve detailed the most common reasons why new windows might be a good idea.
- Your timber frame windows are rotting
- You’re suffering from condensation and leaks
- You can’t open the window
- You have drafts or your window won’t close properly
- You only have single pane glass
- Outside noise is an issue
- Time for a makeover
Wooden window frames look great, however they will only last for ages if they’re looked after every year and that can be time-consuming and easy to forget about. The trouble is, once rot has set into the wood, it can be pretty hard to halt the decay and keep on top of it.
Rain becomes a nightmare and you might find it’s just too difficult a job to fix the window so it still looks good and does its job properly. Of course, if you just leave it, the rot will just get worse, and it will become harder to open or close the window.
If you can see signs of rot on your wooden windows, the most effective solution is to opt for replacement.
Windows are there to let the light stream into your home, right? Well that wonderful effect can be ruined if moisture gets between the panes in double glazed windows, or you start getting a build-up of condensation on the inside.
Yes, condensation can be wiped away but this quickly becomes annoying and often means you end up with mould growing on the inside of the frame too. And mist or moisture inside the window glass can’t be resolved, it will simply sit there obscuring your view and blocking the light.
These issues usually occur when the seals have gone, or if the window hasn’t been installed properly in the first place. The worst-case scenario is when the window actually starts to leak and you end up with pools of water on the inside. Ugghh!
In all of these instances, it’s probably the most cost-effective option to simply replace the window as repairs can work out as expensive if the seals on other panes fail and the whole cycle starts again.
This is one definite reason to replace the window, primarily because it could be a vital escape route in the event of an emergency.
There are plenty of reasons why the window has become impossible to open. A common one is if it’s been painted shut. It might have saved time on the decorating but it certainly doesn’t help the functioning of the window! Other causes of a stuck window are a warped frame which can be due to various reasons, or even when the foundations of your home have shifted and the window frame is no longer fitting in the space properly. In all of these instances, a new window will solve the problem.
The important thing to consider with drafty windows is that your energy bills to heat your home will be higher – up to 25% more in some cases. So not investing in a new window because of the cost is likely to become false economy in the long run. New windows are also significant more energy efficient than old ones so you could end up saving quite a lot of cash.
Drafts can often occur when the window doesn’t shut properly. If the locking mechanism is not working any more, this can be the cause. And don’t forget that could give you a potential security issue too.
Other reasons for drafts included misaligned sashes, the weather-stripping has worn out or the caulking has cracked. The good news is that these issues can be fixed, so it’s worth taking advice to make sure you know what the problem is before going the whole hog and buying new windows.
Take a good look at your windows. If you’ve always wondered why your room is always too cold in winter and too hot when the sun is out, it may be that you actually have single pane rather than double-pane glass. These are often found in old properties and can make your home quite uncomfortable because they’re simply not as effective or as efficient as a more modern, double-glazed window. Time to replace.
Modern windows are designed to reduce sound transfer which can make a huge difference to your quality of life if you live near a busy road. If you can clearly hear noise from outside when you stand inside and the window is shut, this is probably an indicator that your window is quite old. So, if you want to enjoy the peace and quiet, new is the way to go.
It’s amazing what a difference new windows can make to the overall look of your property. If you want to give your ‘curb appeal’ a boost, replacement windows can be transformative.
It’s not just about design aesthetic either; changing the type of window or the size can improve the light and airflow indoors and enhance the ambience of your home. Worth considering if you want to make some big changes…