When you’re thinking about undertaking a home improvement job, there’s always a bit of uncertainty. You worry about cost. You’ll have questions about the time it will take to do the job, and what goes into doing it properly. You certainly want the right contractor for the job.
At Good Guys Contracting, we know this is true of any type of project you undertake, but knowing when to replace your windows can be particularly tricky. Windows are essential for enhancing your home’s curb appeal. The job involves a lot of work, so if you’re planning on replacing your windows, you want to be sure it’s necessary. Good Guys wants you to have the right information, so here are 5 signs you need to replace your windows.
Your Windows are Damaged or Warped
One of the most obvious signs that you should seriously consider replacing your windows is if they’re showing signs of damage. According to Forbes, there might be a few cases where you are able to repair window damage as a DIY project, by using weather-stripping or some other form of repair, but the vast majority of damage or warped windows, along with those with damaged frames or broken window sashes, will need to be replaced.
Moisture and Condensation
There are several reasons why you might see moisture buildup in your home. If you’re constantly wiping off your windows, it could be because of plain old condensation, this occurs when warm, moist air inside your home mixes with the cold surface of the window. But according to HGTV, if you see constant condensation or if you begin to see frost, consider replacing the windows. Another moisture related problem occurs when you see moisture buildup between your window panes. Double glazed windows are insulated by argon or krypton gas injected between the panes. The panes are supposed to be airtight, but if the seal is broken, the windows likely should be replaced.
Built Before 1960
If you have an older home and you believe your windows date before 1960, then you need to beware. You have to be concerned about the possibility that there could be lead in the paint near the window. According to Consumer Reports, lead-based paint was banned in 1978, but it was especially common in homes built before 1960. The more you open and shut the windows, the greater chance that you will see lead dust. Replacing the window can eliminate the risk.
Higher Energy Bills
If you’re seeing your energy costs rise, it may be your windows. Increases in what you pay, particularly if it’s year round, can be a sign that your home is allowing cold air in winter and warm air in summer to leak into your home. You can stop hemorrhaging money by investing in new windows.
You Want to Enhance Your Home (And Good Guys Can Help)
We mentioned above that windows are critical for curb appeal. If your home’s exterior leaves something to be desired, you may want to consider replacing your windows. If you want to get the job done right you can trust the experts at Good Guys Contracting. We are Marvin Authorized Window and Door Replacement Contractors, which means we can provide you with durable, high quality windows. We can tell you if you need window replacement and we’ll be happy to explain every step of the project to you. Contact us today.