There are many reasons why you may be considering replacement windows, but what are the true signs to watch for that indicate your window systems are failing? There are several signs your windows will give you when it is about time for a set of replacements. Some may seem more obvious, while others can be a little harder to notice. Here are a few of the most common signs that your windows will need replacing.
Signs of system failure
Damaged Glass: Your windows have noticeable damage to the window pane from either the inside or out. Once the glass panes in your window have been compromised they begin losing most benefits.
A Cracking Frame: The frame of the windows is starting to crack or peel. The frame of your window not only holds it in place but helps to seal up the area around the window to avoid drafts.
Frost Build Up: Your windows maintain any build-up of condensation such as frost.
Hot or Cold to the Touch: The temperature of the windows is noticeably hot during the summer season or cold during winter months.
If you notice the last two points occurring with your window systems these are signs that their resistance to thermal conductivity has begun to fail. Without this resistance, your utility bills will increase as your HVAC systems have to work harder to keep your home comfortable.
Why Windows Break Down
The biggest enemy of window systems and frames is time. Over the years moisture can slowly weaken and break down most windows. If you happen to think your windows are breaking down as a result of any build up of condensation, it’s important to check your indoor humidity as this might serve as a solution without having to replace your windows. If any damages are dealt to the outside of the window such as debris from extreme weather or a sloppily thrown baseball the glass can crack, resulting in a window that needs replacing.
Preventing Window Damages
The first step to preventing the break down of windows or any other unwanted damages is to purchase the right windows from the start. For example, windows that have a dual-paned glass and a low-e coating with argon gas will resist any condensation while triple-pane glasses will feature resistance to heat transfer as well as noise reduction.
It’s very important to consider your individual needs as well as any specific energy-efficient details. Other contributing factors would be the location of your home. If you happen to live in an area that often experiences harsh weather, your windows will need to be much thicker than the standard window to prevent any harm that may come to them.
When you choose one of our Pro Grade window systems you can rest assured knowing that you have some of the highest quality windows on the market and that they are guaranteed to last for decades.