Just like anything in your home, your windows have a lifespan. As the years go on they reach the end of their utility and need to be replaced. But when exactly do you need to replace your windows? While standard windows can last anywhere between 10-15 years, there are some telltale signs that can immediately indicate that your windows should be replaced. Some of the most common cues that you’ll notice include:
Your House Is Never The Right Temperature
If you’ve noticed your house can never stay cool during the summer, and warm during the winter, chances are it’s because of your windows. Older windows installed during the 90s and early 2000s were designed with weaker insulating materials than today, allowing more external elements to make their way into your home.
Earlier design windows were actually built with two panes and a space in between them. This space was then filled with gases such as argon that would act as an insulator. As time wears on, this gas can escape due to the seal wearing down, leaving your panes exposed to condensation. Once the condensation dries over in the inaccessible portion of your windows, you’re left with a foggy layer that can’t be cleaned.
Smell something funky any time you walk by your windows? This is caused by underperforming windows. Weakening windows can’t stop as much water from entering your home. As water becomes stagnant, it becomes the ideal breeding ground for mold spores to grow. Mold can lead to serious health conditions, so if you pick up on a musty odor, especially around your windows, you should have it taken care of as soon as possible.
Your Energy Bill Is On The Rise
A rising energy bill can be a staunch indicator of underperforming windows. Weak windows will allow more heat in, forcing your A/C to work overtime just to cool it down. This in turn leads to a higher monthly bill. Switching to impact windows can lead to a better insulating effect, allowing your home to cool much easier, and regulating your energy bill immediately.
Interested in learning more about how to tell if your underperforming windows need to be replaced? Contact MPACT today to learn more and how we can help replace them with impact windows.