Last month we discussed the benefits that you get from getting rid of old windows and replacing them with new, durable vinyl windows. However, sometimes it isn’t clear when your windows need to be replaced or if you have a window that just needs a little bit of TLC. For our southeast Michigan customers, the best suggestion, if there is any doubt about your windows, is that it’s better to replace now than wait. However, to make sure that each of our customers know, here are some sure fire signs that you need new windows.
Broken and Cracked
Yes, this is obvious. Windows that are broken or cracked need to be replaced. Not only do broken and cracked windows make your home look bad and diminish your curb appeal, but they also cause energy loss and create a safety problem. Broken windows can be dangerous to you, your children or pets. They also are a welcome sign to intruders. If you have a broken window, call us sooner than later to have it replaced.
This is another obvious sign that your windows need to be replaced. Leaks indicate that key parts of your window, including the stuff you can’t see, have failed. It can be easy to ignore leaks, especially if they are small. However, leaking windows can cause even more substantial problems for your homes interior, like mold, mildew and damaged wood and drywall. If you have a leaking window, it’s a good idea to have it replaced as quickly as possible, so that you avoid costlier repairs to not only the window frame, but to the surrounding walls.
Whether you are just giving your home a good makeover, or you are restoring one of southeast Michigan’s historic homes, this is a good time to replace your windows. It doesn’t make much sense to upgrade other features of your home, but leave old, ugly windows. While it might make your home renovation costs higher, the return on the investment will be substantial. If you are updating a historic home, new windows will improve the interior climate of your older home. Many modern window manufacturers produce windows that look old fashioned, but have the benefits of modern window technology, so you can find a window that fits your home, but is also energy efficient and durable.
Creeping Heating/Cooling Costs
If you are seeing your energy bills slowly get bigger and bigger, especially during the coldest parts of the winter and hottest parts of the summer, it might be time to install new windows. Over time your windows will shrink and move, and the weather stripping will eventually fail. This leads to drafty windows and a home that takes more effort to heat or cool. Many homeowners realize the return on their new window investment in just a few years of heating and cooling bills. And with tax rebates for energy efficient windows, you may get your new windows for a great price.
Old and damaged windows really diminish the look and feel of your home. They can also cause hidden and costly damages. If your windows are old, and you are thinking about having them replaced, Martino Home Improvements should be your first call in southeast Michigan. With more than 30 years of experience in helping homeowners improve their home, we have the perfect solution for your old, drafty and broken windows. To schedule an estimate, call us today at (248) 629-9260 or use our handy online contact form.