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10 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

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Your windows play a big part in your Lake Charles home’s energy performance and comfort levels. If your windows are damaged or just outdated, they can’t do these things as effectively. And when that happens, it’s time to replace them.

Your windows don’t suddenly become less energy-efficient, it happens slowly over months or years. So how do you know when they’re not as energy-efficient and need to be replaced? 

We have ten signs to look out for if you suspect your windows are past their prime. If one or more of these sound familiar, it’s time to look into replacement windows.

What Is a Typical Windows Lifespan?

Knowing when to replace your windows depends on a few factors, but generally, it’s recommended to replace them after 15-20 years. This is because the seals on your windows start to deteriorate and allow drafts and water seepage, which can lead to damage and energy loss. If you have single-pane windows that are 15+ years old, it’s especially important to consider a replacement since they lack proper insulation and aren’t as energy-efficient as double-pane windows that are available today. Upgrading to double-pane windows can help you save on energy costs and keep your Lake Charles home comfortable year-round.

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Watch the video below for the top 6 signs that your windows need to be replaced and keep reading for more info:

Signs You Should Consider Replacing Your Windows

1. Your Windows Are Visibly Damaged

This is probably the most obvious sign you need to replace your windows. When a window is damaged, it’s more likely to break completely, which leaves your home open to more serious damage like water seepage, mold and mildew and pests. It also makes your home easier for intruders to break into. Getting a damaged window fixed as soon as possible will keep your family safe and help you avoid more expensive repairs in the future. Furthermore, it could help with boosting your curb appeal and help provide assurance that your windows are in their best condition.

2. You Can Feel Drafts Coming From Around the Window

Drafty windows are a problem for a few reasons beyond just letting in a little extra light. First, it means that the air you’re paying to cool is seeping out and the hot, humid air outside is making its way in. A room with drafty windows will feel less comfortable than the rest of your home, and may even feel more humid.

Second, because the outside air is seeping in, your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your home at the temperature you set. This can lead to higher energy bills as it has to work harder to maintain the temperature in a home.

To check for drafts, close your window, lock it and hold your hand at the bottom or top of your window sash where it meets the frame. If you feel air coming in, you have a draft.

3. Your Electric Bills Are Higher With No Explanation

A lot of things can cause your electric bills to skyrocket, but if you’ve noticed that your electric bills have slowly crept up, your windows might be to blame. Drafts let the temperature-controlled air inside your house escape, which forces your HVAC system to work harder to try to keep your home at the temperature you’ve set. This drives your electric bills up and the increased workload can shorten the life of your HVAC unit. Replacing old windows with new, energy-efficient ones helps lower your monthly bills and makes sure your air conditioner doesn’t need to work harder than necessary.

4. Condensation Forms On The Inside of Your Windows

Condensation on the inside of your window usually means your windows are leaking air or your home is humid. (Note: Condensation on the outside of your windows is not cause for concern. It just means that it’s warmer and more humid outside than it is inside.)  

If you notice condensation between the panes of your double-pane or triple-pane windows, it’s a sign that the air-tight seal has failed and the insulating gas has escaped. Whether it’s inside or between the panes, spotting condensation anywhere except the outside of your window is a definite sign they should be replaced. If you’re a Window World of Lake Charles customer who is experiencing this, your windows are covered by our lifetime warranty. Just submit a warranty claim and we’ll take care of you!

5. Carpet and Furniture Around Your Windows Are Faded

If the furniture, carpet, rugs or decor that is exposed to the sunlight coming through your windows has faded, your windows probably aren’t don’t have the UV protection offered by modern windows with low-emissivity (low-E) glass. Low-E glass is treated with a microscopic film that keeps UV rays and solar heat from passing through. This prevents your furniture, carpet and curtains from fading and helps to keep your home cooler. 

6. Your Windows Don’t Dampen Sound

Whether there is a nearby highway, railway or noisy neighbors, the disturbance from the outdoors can sometimes be irritating and disruptive to your daily life. Fortunately, there is a solution for Lake Charles homeowners. By upgrading to modern windows, you can benefit from the added insulation and sound-dampening properties they provide. You’ll notice a significant reduction in the amount of outside noise that penetrates your home, allowing you to enjoy a more peaceful and comfortable living space.

7. Your Windows Have a Harder Time Opening and Closing

Every window can have a hard time opening and closing throughout its lifespan. However, if you have cleaned and attempted to fix this multiple times throughout the years and the windows only get worse, it may be time to look for replacement windows. A stuck window is frustrating and could lead to it remaining stuck in an open position, exposing your home to the elements.

8. Your Allergies are Worse than Usual

Notice you’ve been sniffling or have watery eyes more than usual? Depending on the time of year, allergens may be making their way into your home through ineffectively sealed windows. If it’s been more than 15 years since your windows were installed, it’s time to replace so you can put those tissues away.

9. You Are Looking to Increase Your Curb Appeal

Curb appeal can be an important part of a home for some. Whether you want to spruce up your home to modernize the look or to flip your home, replacing your windows can help with potentially increasing your curb appeal. Our windows are highly customizable, with plenty of options for colors and grid patterns to make your home unique!

10. You’re Looking to Increase Your Home Value

No matter how much you may love your home, you never know what the future holds. You’ll want to get the most value out of your property if you sell in the future. With replacement vinyl windows installed, you stand to add an additional $13,766, on average, to your home’s total value per Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs Value report.

Update Your Windows With Window World of Lake Charles

If any of these sound familiar, it’s time to trade your old windows in for new, energy-efficient ones! At Window World of Lake Charles, we have a wide variety of window styles to fit every home style and budget. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your free consultation!