How Do You Determine When You Should Replace Windows?
If well taken care of, good windows can last for decades. But, like everything else in your home, they will eventually need to be replaced.
When you will need replacement windows in Plattsburgh depends on a couple of factors. The top ones are the quality of your current windows, material type and how well they were put in. But the weather in Plattsburgh and how routinely you open your windows can also influence how quickly they’ll need to be replaced.
Let’s review some of the flags that it’s time to replace your windows.
Your House Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the most budget-friendly model, they’re infamously inefficient. If you make the move from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on utility expenses every year, depending on where your home is.* Those savings can really accumulate over the life expectancy of your up-to-date windows.
As well as helping save on energy costs, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you more comfortable during intense winter and summer temperatures. Keeping your family cozy and helping you save money on utility costs is important to us at Pella of Plattsburgh.
That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, including insulated windows. You can upgrade your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to reduce heat transfer. A number of our windows have earned designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve achieved strict energy regulations.
And our exclusive choices only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can protect your belongings by stopping up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, contingent upon the coating you select.
One more drawback of single-pane windows is that they don’t block outdoor noise very well. If your home is in somewhere that’s busy, think about our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows provide an unsurpassed mixture of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Causing Comfort Troubles
When your windows need to be replaced, they can create more major issues than making you feel too hot or too cold. They can also influence your utility costs, because the Department of Energy says they discharge up to 30% of your house’s heating and cooling. With the typical household spending $2,060 each year on heating and cooling costs, that’s a big chunk of change.
There are a few steps you can take to increase your windows’ energy efficiency, including:
- Adding weatherstrip
- Closing air leaks
- Buying energy-efficient window treatments, including honeycomb shades
Nevertheless, if you’re noticing big airflow even when your windows are closed, you may be due to install new windows.
Your Windows Need Repair or Don’t Work Properly
It’s not a great sign if your window frames appear soft. This indicates the frame has been subject to water damage and is starting to rot, which could lead to major issues with your windows. You might have trouble opening, closing and locking your windows if this is going on.
Another flag that your windows require replacement is condensation. Intermittent condensation is expected, such as on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. However, if you’re seeing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have likely failed.
In either circumstance, you should get started preparing to replace your windows shortly.
At Pella of Plattsburgh, we specialize in manufacturing custom windows that work with your house and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our professionals are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us at 518-563-8536 now to get started.
*Source 2015: D+R International in support of ENERGY STAR. Savings estimates are based on RESFEN 6.0 modeling of eight home profiles across 93 U.S. Cities. Home profiles include new construction or existing construction, single-story (1,700 square feet) or two-story (2,600 square feet), and natural gas or electric heating. Savings estimates for each city represent the average of the eight home profiles in that city. Climate zone savings estimates represent the average savings among the cities in each climate zone. Cost savings calculations used 2013-2014 average natural gas prices and 2012-2013 average electricity prices from each state from the Energy Information Administration. Actual savings will vary by local climate conditions, utility rates and individual home characteristics. Hawaii was excluded from this analysis, as the assumptions in RESFEN 6.0 diverge significantly from the norm in Hawaii. Savings for all climate zones are for whole-home replacements with ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 windows.
**Performance solutions offering an unbeatable combination of energy efficiency, sound control and value, require upgrades to triple-pane, AdvancedComfort Low-E and mixed glass thickness. Based on comparing product quotes and published STC/OITC and U-Factor ratings of leading national wood window and patio door brands.