Signs You Need New Windows
If your home’s windows are older or in poor condition, it can greatly detract from the appearance of your home as well as its energy efficiency. Perhaps most pressing of all, poor windows can affect your home’s market value, potentially costing you thousands of dollars when you try to sell it sometime down the road. Typically people only consider replacement windows when their windows are obviously broken, but there are many other reasons to consider turning a critical eye toward your home’s windows. Here’s what to look out for:
Issues Opening and Closing your Windows
Does it take a good deal of elbow grease to open or close your windows? Windows that are in good condition should slide or glide easily without much effort or force. You may find that your windows are swollen or painted shut, making them impossible to open. Some people even have windows that require a prop to keep them open. If your windows need to be propped open, they are not only annoying but extremely unsafe for children and pets. The safety reasons alone are enough to justify replacing propped-open windows.
Peeling Exterior Paint
Sometimes, the signs that you need replacement windows will be on the exterior of your home. Take a walk around your house and look for any places where the paint is peeling, particularly if it’s near the windows. Peeling paint can be caused by moisture leaking out from around poorly sealed windows. The window sills are another commonly affected area. When water sits on the sill, the evaporation will cause the paint to eventually start peeling. Older window frames may become warped, and the changes in size cause the surrounding paint to peel. This could also be due to improper sealing or old, cracked caulking.
Broken, cracked, or missing window panes are another obvious sign that it’s time for new windows. Nothing can make a home look abandoned or decrepit like broken windows, so very few people willingly leave their window panes broken for long. If you are in need of new windows, consider modern energy efficient windows. New energy efficient windows will save you money on your heating and cooling bills by keeping in valuable heating and cooling. New breakproof glass technology may also make your home safer from would-be intruders. You’ll find that your home is much more comfortable with replacement windows that seal out the heat and noise from the outside world.
You can trust American Openings to provide you with high-quality replacement windows for your Tucson-area home. Call us at (520) 664-1202 or visit our website to learn more about the products we carry. We are proud to be a family-owned, third generation Tucson business.