Homeownership leaves many homeowners with particular questions throughout the life of their home. You may purchase a home knowing every small detail about different structures and appliances, or you may have no clue when the last time something was replaced. In general, homeowners are often seeking ways to make their homes look and function at their best. Windows play an important role in both the look and function of your home.
Windows provide obvious benefits, such as allowing natural lighting into the home, which can make a space feel larger and more open. This natural lighting is also a great source of vitamin D that can lift your mood. Windows also have practical uses, such as helping to regulate temperatures and allowing for natural airflow. Additionally, your window choice is a great way to get creative and improve your home’s aesthetic. Today, windows are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials.
One question a homeowner may ask themselves at some point: how often should I replace my windows? The answer could be straightforward if you know when the existing windows were installed, or it could be a bit of a mystery. If windows are properly installed and maintained, they can last for several years. On average, new, quality windows can last anywhere from 15-20 years. If investing in vinyl windows, this option often comes with a 20-25-year warranty. Fully replacing windows can be an up-front investment, so most homeowners rely on different repair methods before considering a complete replacement. This decision often depends on the current circumstances of the window.
Common window concerns
The decision to repair or replace is ultimately up to the homeowner. In some cases, you may simply want to install a different kind of window, so the current condition of the windows doesn’t matter as much to you. Aesthetic changes are a common desire amongst homeowners, especially if they are trying to increase the value of their home prior to listing it on the market.
If your living room currently isn’t getting much lighting, you might consider installing a picture window to allow in more natural lighting and create a perfect viewing space. When it comes to replacing windows for your own personal taste, there is really no time frame you necessarily have to consider.
However, if you are contemplating replacement due to issues, time can play a significant factor. In general, if you know your windows are close to the twenty-year mark, it could be a better investment to have the windows replaced rather than repaired. Continuous repairs can get expensive and will seem like a waste if you ultimately have to replace the window in a few short years. Here are some common window issues.
Drafts are often caused by the windows themselves or the surrounding framework. Drafts prevent proper temperature regulation, which can affect the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Clear signs of a draft often include distinct temperature changes from room to room, or you may even be able to feel the cold air with your naked hand. A small draft often doesn’t require the need for a full window replacement.
Drafts can often be prevented by replacing seals or caulking that may have cracked or come loose over time. If drafts are more of a winter issue, you can use plastic liners or even bubble wrap to better regulate temperatures. More serious drafts may justify a replacement, or other issues being present in addition to the draft may make a full replacement necessary.
Efficiency can be an excellent reason for choosing to replace your existing windows. Energy-efficient windows are great for reducing monthly utility bills while adding another benefit that attracts prospective homebuyers in the future. Older windows tend not to be as efficient as windows that are currently on the market. If your windows are already older, it would make sense to replace them with better options.
If your window is broken, cracked, or chipped, full replacement is often a better option than just a quick fix. You should be able to fully operate every window within your home. A window that is cracked can allow inside air to escape your home and outside air outside to enter your home. If a crack is large enough, it can also allow unwanted pests, pollens, and other allergens to enter your home.
Ask a professional
Whenever you are unsure about any aspect of your home, you can always turn to a local professional for advice. They will be able to provide a better understanding of the quality of your current windows. A professional can give you the advice you need concerning repairs or replacement. Contact Mr. Roof today to schedule a free estimate.