Sometimes overlooked by homeowners, window replacement can raise your property value while saving money on utility bills and increase your home’s aesthetic appeal.
It’s not always easy for homeowners to tell when they need new windows. The signs are often hidden, and windows with problems can sometimes look fine on the surface, but have substantial problems that go unnoticed without close inspection. As the top window replacement experts in Arkansas, the professionals at SC Home – Roofing, Windows & Siding have extensive experience with residential window issues. Let’s discuss the top five indicators that it’s time to replace a home’s windows so you can avoid some possibly serious problems in the future.
COSTLY ENERGY BILLS
When heating and cooling bills start to climb or are abnormally high, it is often because of the windows. About one-third of the energy that is lost in a home escapes through the windows, and damaged or defective panes compound this problem. On the other hand, window replacement can save homeowners more than $450 in energy costs, and the federal government provides a tax credit of up to $500 for installing energy-saving windows and doors.
AIR AND MOISTURE
If you feel a draft through your windows or notice water seeping in when it rains, your windows are not doing their job. To test whether your windows are airtight, hold a burning candle near a tightly closed window and look for a flickering or dying flame. Check for water leakage by inspecting window frames for signs of decaying wood and window edges for peeling paint. In cold weather, look for frost forming on the inside of your glass.
A properly functioning window will slide smoothly, and it will remain open or closed without trouble. Window replacement is needed if the windows are cemented shut due to paint or swelling or if they require force to operate. Likewise, any window that must be propped open should also be replaced. These things may seem like mere inconveniences, but they could prove disastrous in the case of a fire or other emergency.
Although broken and chipped windows obviously need to be replaced, these aren’t the only physical indications of window problems. Deteriorated window frames, seals and caulk can also affect optimal window function. If the window frames are cracked or decayed, or if they feel soft when you press a screwdriver into them, you should consider window replacement. You should also install better windows when light begins to show through the seals.
Windows that allow outside sound to enter the home are often permitting energy to escape as well. In addition, hearing street noises or outside conversation through your window could be an indication that the window is deteriorating or the glass is thinner than it should be. Consider replacing these old windows with double-paned glass or special sound-rated windows for extra soundproofing and insulating abilities.
If you notice any of these signs, please give us a call immediately at (501) 588-0842 or fill out our online form for a free window replacement estimate. We will answer any questions you might have and discuss your best course of action. If you decide on window replacement, we will supply you with the highest quality materials and workmanship. SC Home – Roofing, Windows & Siding guarantees that you will be satisfied with the results.