If you can’t decide whether or not you should have your windows replaced, there are certain signs that say “you should.” As your local expert on residential windows, Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City shares five of these signs.
5 Signs That You Need to Replace Your Windows
Your Windows Are Old – If your windows are more than 20 years old, there may be clear indicators that it’s well past its prime. Old wood frames tend to start chipping away, and will require frequent repainting. Old white vinyl frames look stained and yellow, and may have dings and bent corners from years of exposure to the elements.
Costly Energy Bills – Gather and review your energy bills from the past 12 months, and chart the cost. If there’s a significant spike during the winter and summer seasons, chances are your windows may be part of the problem. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that as much as 48% of an average home’s annual energy consumption is spent on heating and cooling costs alone. Replacing your existing windows with energy-efficient ones can help you save on energy costs over its lifespan.
Your Windows Are Hard to Operate – Certain types of window materials tend to warp as they age, over years of exposure to the elements. Double hung windows may end up with stuck sashes, to the point where they just stay shut until they can be replaced. If the windows are pronounced beyond repair by a window expert, you might as well have it replaced.
You’re Seeing Condensation in the Glazing – Condensation on the windows doesn’t always indicate a problem. More often than not, condensation is a sign of indoor humidity problem, which you can take care of with dehumidifiers, ventilation or troubleshooting your air conditioner. However, if condensation forms between the window glass panels, it means the seal that’s supposed to insulate the window is broken.
Your Home Is too Dark in Certain Areas – If your home has dark corners during the day, it could benefit from window styles that allow more natural light. If you’re concerned that the increased natural light will fade your fabrics and furniture, or if it will make your indoor spaces hotter, you’ll be glad to know that our High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass packages can block unwanted UV and infrared rays.
To learn more about our popular window styles, including sliding windows, call Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City today at (913) 385-1300. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation. We serve many areas in and near Olathe, KS, and Independence, MO.