Windows play an important part in making your home a comfortable place to live in, but, much like roofing and siding, they will deteriorate over time. While repairs are a great way to get your windows back into shape, they won’t always be the right choice for you. Sometimes, windows are better off being replaced.
Are you due for a window replacement? You can answer this question by taking into consideration the following functions of your windows:
- Vision. A window is designed to let you enjoy outdoor views from the comforts of your own home. However, age and wear-and-tear can make windows blurry, no thanks to dirt and damage accumulating over the years. If your windows are getting in the way of you enjoying glorious views of the outdoors, it may be time to get them replaced.
- Lighting. Windows let in a great deal of natural light. That’s why they’re crucial to successfully harnessing daylight in your home. Unfortunately, how much light a window lets in can be affected by its current condition. Say, a window is broken. It will then have to be covered up to prevent drafts and secure the home but it can no longer be effective in allowing sunlight into your home. If natural light is important to you and your windows can no longer offer that, it may be time to get them replaced.
- Insulation. One of the primary functions of a window is to keep outdoor air from seeping through to maintain indoor temperature at a comfortable level. If your window no longer contributes to stabilizing indoor temperatures, it may be time to get them replaced.
- Ventilation. Unless you have a fixed window, you open your windows from time to time to let in fresh air. Ease of operation is integral to ventilation control so if your windows cannot provide that, like in the case of rusty hardware from old windows or warped frames from moisture damage, it may be time to get them replaced.
- Protection. As they are a part of your home’s exterior too, windows also help in defending your property from the elements. This means they should be durable enough to withstand whatever weather condition may come your way. If your windows are letting in rain, for instance, it may be time to get them replaced.
There are a number of window replacement options available to you. Head on over to Part 2 of this blog series as we discuss several window types to help you pick out the right one for you.