Old windows and doors often let in nasty drafts and the cold during the winter months. Winterizing windows and doors can help minimize the effects of poor insulation. Still, if you have older windows, window replacement will provide the best, most affordable way to reduce your heating costs and make your home warm and comfortable for your family. How often should you replace your windows?
When Should I Replace My Windows?
The lifespan of windows typically ranges from 15 to 20 years. Winterizing windows and doors sometimes lengthens the lifespan but is not a permanent solution. If you have single-pane windows, they should be replaced more frequently as they are less energy efficient and can cause your monthly utility bills to increase. If you are noticing any cracks or chips or if your windows are difficult to open and close, then it’s time to consider replacing them.
What are some other signs that you need to replace your windows?
- Mould growth
- Broken pains
- Broken locks
- Window is stuck
- Frame is broken
- Serious water damage
- Fogging between the window panes
- Visible rot
If you see any of these serious issues, you need to replace your window sooner than later. Why? Over time rot and mould, for example, can spread. A broken window not only lets in drafts but provides opportunities for burglars and can be dangerous during a violent storm when heavy winds can shatter the glass. Debris and critters can come in through broken windows. And a window that doesn’t open during an emergency like a fire can have terrible consequences.
How Do You Replace a Window?
Professional window installation is a complex project that requires precision and knowledge of the building code and your local environment. There are many factors to consider when planning a window replacement:
- Product selection
- Weatherproofing techniques
- Sealing techniques
- Insulation and more
Fortunately, seasoned window replacement professionals can make the process hassle-free for you, the homeowner.
Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Windows
ENERGY STAR-certified products are the most cost-effective home improvements you can make. By switching out old, inefficient single-pane windows with energy-efficient windows, reduce your home’s energy costs by up to 25%. Enjoy improved insulation against noise and sun damage and added security. Over time, energy-efficient windows can significantly save monthly electricity bills, allowing you to recoup the installation cost.
Call Comfort Windows and Doors Today
Since 1990, Comfort Windows and Doors have helped hundreds of homeowners and business owners with high-quality new window and door replacement. Enjoy the benefits of energy efficiency and security with our impressive selection of products. We pride ourselves on the best window replacement in the GTA. And ask about getting the Canada Greener Homes Grant with your next window replacement. Contact us today and schedule your initial consultation. We would love to hear from you.