Have you been thinking about getting new windows? You can have any number of reasons for wanting to upgrade your windows. Some of the most common reasons are:
- Your windows are cracked.
- Your windows don’t shut properly.
- Your windows have mold in them or around them.
- Your energy bill is high.
- Your house feels drafty.
- Your windows get condensation inside
- Current windows are not keeping out the noise.
- Existing windows leak during storms.
- You want to change styles.
Whatever your reasons are, here is why you should consider replacing your windows.
1.Your Window is Cracked
Maybe your window is broken due to storm damage, or your kid didn’t aim the soccer ball well enough. Whatever caused the window to crack is all in the past.
As attractive as packing tape or duct tape looks on your window, you’re not doing yourself any favors in putting off getting your window replaced. Damaged windows can be potentially harmful to you and your family. Plus, they’re not very energy efficient.
You can ignore other reasons to replace a window, but when there’s physical damage, you can’t ignore replacing it forever.
2.The Windows Don’t Close Properly
You don’t know when it became so hard to open and close your windows, but now your windows are either stuck or don’t close completely.
You can put off repairing your windows by trying to fill the gap between the window and windowsill with something to keep the warm air in and cold air out or vice versa, but nothing is going to be as effective as a functioning window.
The need to replace your window isn’t as urgent as it is with a cracked or broken window that can cause you or others in the home physical harm, but it is still pressing enough to consider a total window replacement in the near future.
3.Your Windows Have Mold in or Around Them
Yes, mold can grow in your windows. Most homes have double-paned windows for better insulation. However, mold between the window panes leads to the seal being broken, and moisture may seep into the window.
Similarly, mold growing around your window could be a sign that the seal keeping your window in place has been compromised. Again, mold can cause you harm and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Replacing your windows, in this case, is a matter of health as much as practicality.
4.Your Energy Bill is High
Our windows have a lot to do with the energy efficiency of our homes. Good windows can reduce your energy bills. This is one of the simplest ways to increase your home’s value while saving yourself money in the long run.
Glass, by itself, is one of the worst insulating materials. The standard home has at least two layers of glass separating the house from the outside because of this. Only having a single layer increases the amount of energy transferred from your home to the outdoors or vice versa.
Adding more layers of glass with sealed chambers of argon or similar insulating gasses between the panes decreases the amount of energy that can be transferred between the two sides.
Generally, the more layers of glass your windows are made from, the more insulation it will provide. Advancements in window technology allow for the manufacturing of triple-pane windows for increased insulation. Upgrading your home to more insulated windows can help save you energy costs.
5.The House Feels Drafty
Do you feel like there’s always a cold breeze running through your home when the temperature drops? You may not be imagining things at all.
A draft forms when at least two doors or windows are opened or become breached. Two open points to the outside allow air to flow in a circuit. Outside air will seep into your home at one end of the circuit, and inside air will disperse outside at the other end. You may feel a slight breeze between the two as the air moves.
Upgrading your windows can help limit energy loss due to drafts, allowing your home to feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
6.Condensation Forms in Your Windows
You may wonder why your window manufacturer allowed room for condensation to build up inside, but the truth is that they don’t. If there is condensation between your window panes, that means the seal on your window has been broken.
While condensation in your window is harmless, the fact that it is there means your windows are no longer as energy efficient as they were when you bought them. You also risk allowing mold to grow in your window. This, too, is mainly harmless but is not what would be considered a trendy look.
7.Outside Noise is Too Loud
Besides limiting the amount of energy transferred between the outside and your home, windows also add a layer of privacy. If you begin to notice common sounds like rustling plants, barking dogs, or driving cars, it may be a sign your windows are no longer dampening sound or offer privacy as they did.
8.Windows Let Storms In
There are things you want to keep out of your home. Rainwater is one of them. As windows age, they become less capable of keeping out the elements. So when it rains, it pours, and it floods.
The cost of keeping leaky windows is more than just lousy energy costs, it could also cost you water damage around your window.
9.You Want to Upgrade Your Style
Do you feel like your home could use a little facelift? Upgrading your windows can increase your home’s street appeal. Your home will look better from the outside. But more than looking good for your neighbors to gawk at, your home will be a place you enjoy coming home to.
Upgrade Your Windows with Northern Utah Glass
Are you ready to replace your home’s windows? Here at Northern Utah Glass, we can help you find the right style that helps you meet your design goals. In addition to providing windows, we also help install new windows, so you don’t need to worry about any backbreaking work.