When Do Home Windows Need Replacing?
At American Openings, we want you to have the knowledge you need to make the right decision for your home. That’s why we’ve put together a few signs to look for when considering replacing your home windows.
When do I need to replace my home windows?
If your home is older and has the original windows in place, it is most likely that they are single-paned and much less efficient than newer windows available. Not to mention, over time, exposure to our desert heat can weaken the structure of older windows. Expansion between the glass and the frame caused by the high temperatures can result in air leakage, stressed frames and joints, and broken window seals. You want to make sure that your home windows are made to withstand our desert climate as well as give you the cost saving benefits of energy efficient windows.
As the monsoon season draws closer in Arizona, it is also important to look for signs of water leaking around your windows. Peeling paint, and warped or damaged wood or drywall around the windows are indicators of possible leaks. While these leaks can sometimes be repaired with sealant and some patchwork, replacing the window can help ensure that the window frame is structurally sound and can help improve home energy efficiency and eliminate the possibility of mold or other problems later on.
If you had your home windows replaced some time ago with double-pane windows, and can see a foggy, condensation build up between the panes, this is a sign of a seal failure in the window. In older double-pane windows, the two panes of glass were usually held in place with caulk. As we mentioned above, our high heat and changing moisture levels can cause the glass to expand and contract, causing the seal to fail and creating moisture in the windows. Small amounts of clouding with seal failures can be unattractive but is the fogging in the window is extensive; there could be additional complications ranging from less light coming in to the room, loss of energy efficient to the development of mold or mildew in or around your window.
If you aren’t sure about replacement windows, don’t hesitate to give American Openings a call! We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. Also, feel free use our contact form to the right to contact us for a free in-home consultation.