While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can show you should consider replacement windows. Well-made windows can withstand the elements for decades, but the Birmingham climate, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a home’s windows. If you don’t know if your windows are near the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Birmingham just weathered a severe storm.
Towns that are dealt severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, can find windows and homes damaged. Make sure you look over your windows for any signs of damage if they dealt with weather more intense than what they were designed to bear.
- You are noticing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to escape your home and help outside air to drift in. Window drafts push your heating and cooling system to work more than it needs to and can lead to higher energy bills. Drafty windows can also indicate other issues, such as a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of broken window panes or other necessary repairs because of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you decide if a window with this problem can be salvaged with a small amount of work or if it needs a full replacement.
- You want to lower your energy bill
Have you realized that your power bills are unusually expensive? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can force your energy bills to go up by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for energy as your HVAC system has to work overtime to replace the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window professionals can work with you to determine which type of windows could be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Birmingham.
- You see condensation between the panes of your window
Even though indoor condensation may not concern you that much, it could cause window damage. Discovering condensation isn’t always a bad thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation appearing between the panes of window glass can indicate an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or fixed with proper window replacement.
- Your house is experiencing a makeover
A home makeover is an ideal time to replace your windows—while so many other elements of your home are getting a redesign, why not consider your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are worn down, and you are going to want your windows to match the new design of your remodeled home. If you are replacing your windows with bigger panes of glass, they can bring more light to your room. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Birmingham has a wide array of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these signals to help identify if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of Birmingham a call at 877-680-9617 or visit our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.