How Can I Tell if I Need to Replace My Windows?
Do you know how old your windows are? Some property owners may not know when their windows were installed, and they may look fine, but it’s possible that your windows have issues. In that case, you’ll need a professional contractor to replace your windows. But how do you know if it’s time to replace them? Watch out for the following warning signs that it’s time to replace your home’s windows.
Perhaps the most obvious sign that your windows need to be replaced is a draft. Drafty windows make your home uncomfortable and less energy efficient. Can you hear the wind whistling inside of your house? It’s probably time for window replacements. In Oregon, drafty windows are more noticeable during the rainy season and winter.
2. Increased Utility Bills
One of the first places you’ll notice the decreased energy efficiency of your home is your monthly utility bill. In the winter, your furnace may work overtime to compensate for the warm air escaping through the windows. In the summer, you may have a harder time keeping your house cool. If you notice increased utility bills, it’s time to call NW Commercial Exterior Company in Hubbard for excellent customer service and on-time project completion.
3. Single Pane Windows
If your windows only have a single pane of glass, it’s worth it to replace them with a more energy-efficient type of window. Single pane windows don’t do much to insulate or soundproof your home. Essentially, your heating and cooling systems have to work hard to combat the temperature outside. Once you invest in double-pane windows, you’ll notice decreased utility bills, increased property value, and a reduced carbon footprint for you and your family.
4. Poor Functionality
If your windows are difficult to open and close, it’s time to replace them. Don’t spend your time and energy opening your windows every day. A proper lock for your windows acts as an additional seal. Not only does a functioning window add to your home’s security, it also increases your home’s energy-efficiency. If your windows are often stuck or don’t lock properly, it’s time to call NW Commercial Exterior Company for window replacement.
Do your windows look like they’re crying? Not all condensation is bad when it comes to your home’s windows. When the warm, moist air inside meets the cold surface of your glass windows, condensation appears. If your windows constantly have condensation or they tend to frost, it’s time to replace your windows.
6. Moisture Build-Up Between Window Panes
If you have double-pane windows, there should be an airtight seal between the two panes of glass to reduce heat transfer and increase your home’s energy efficiency. This seal is typically formed from argon or krypton gas. If this seal is somehow broken, you’ll often get moisture build up between the two panes of glass. A cracked seal is definitely a sign that it’s time to replace your home’s windows.
7. Too Much Noise
Can you hear everything your neighbors do even if every window is closed? While it’s definitely nice to hear the wind and birds outside in the morning, no one wants to hear every single thing happening in the neighborhood. Older windows don’t provide sound insulation, so if you can hear your neighbor turning down your street every day, it’s time to replace them with newer models that will absorb a lot of those sounds.
8. Decaying Window Frames
Over time, window frames rot and decay. The Pacific Northwest is known for its rainy season. The amount of moisture and dampness can cause rot, even in high-quality window frames. Make sure to take a close look at each of your window frames and sills. If you see any signs of decay, rot, or mold growth, it’s time to call us at NW Commercial Exterior Company for new windows.
9. Curb Appeal
Are you thinking of selling your home soon? It’s definitely a buyer’s market in the Portland metro area. If you want to increase your property’s curb appeal, the windows are a great place to start. A home’s windows are one of the most prominent features visible from the curb. If your windows look outdated, so will your home. Modern windows not only improve the energy efficiency of your home, but increase your home’s value! At NW Commercial Exterior Company, one of our expert contractors can walk you through the many different styles and types of windows available to you.
10. Visible Damage
One of the easiest ways to tell if you need a new window is if there’s visible damage. Did a neighbor’s child accidentally throw a ball through the front window? It’s time for new ones. Other damage to look out for when it comes to your windows include cracks in the glass and water damage. If you see any signs of warping or foggy glass, it’s time to schedule window replacement with the professional window contractors at NW Commercial Exterior Company.
How Can NW Commercial Exterior Company Help You?
We’ve been serving the Portland area for 20 years and know firsthand that the exteriors we build, are built to last. We’re proud to say that exteriors we built for our Portland neighbors decades ago are still working today. We hope that we’ll be able to bring our exterior expertise to your home and provide inside-and-out comfort for years to come. We install every kind of window for homes in the area. Windows are important not only for the look and enjoyment of your house, but they’re also crucial for energy efficiency. For windows that maximize comfort and energy efficiency, contact us today.