Some of the signs that you need to replace your windows are obvious. That includes things like section of the frame that are rotten. Others are more subtle. If you are not sure if it’s time to invest in new windows, here are a few factors that indicate the time to call a contractor is now.
The Windows Leak
If the roof was leaking, you would call a professional and find out what’s going on. The same holds true for the windows. When you notice moisture on the inside of the sashes after it rains or when the snow melts, something is wrong. Perhaps the windows need a few repairs in order to prevent the moisture from leaking into the home. In many cases, there will be damage the would make a repair more costly than a replacement.
There’s a Draft
Do you notice a breeze near the windows even when they are closed? While you may not mind that during the more moderate seasons, it can make it hard to heat and cool the home during the summer and winter. Should you also notice that the sashes rattle a little when the wind picks up, there is no doubt that something needs to be done. That something is usually a complete window replacement that ensures every new window in Cochrane is secure, tight, and offers protection from whatever weather condition is occurring.
Difficulty Opening and Closing Windows
How many times have you opened and closed windows without any trouble? Over the last few years, more and more of the windows stick and it takes quite a bit of effort to raise a sash. Even when you are ready to close the window, you find yourself grunting from the effort.
There’s no reason that things have to be that way. You can once again open and close windows with ease if you choose to replace them. For homeowners who want windows that are snug and also easy to open, think about going with a casement window replacement complete with a crank. Along with adding some style to the house, you will also love the way these windows allow you to enjoy the view and are so easy to keep clean.
Your Rising Utility Costs
As windows fail, they will lead to higher utility costs. Since they no longer offer the level of protection from the elements they did in the past, it will take more energy to heat and cool the home. That increased usage translates into monthly utility costs that are increasingly higher.
When you choose to replace the older ones with new, energy efficient windows, that will change. From the very first day the installation is complete, your energy usage will decrease. When you see the bill for the first full cycle after the installation, there will be a significant difference in costs.
You don’t have to wait until there are multiple signs to justify a complete window replacement. Even if only one of these is happening at your home, it’s reason enough to call a contractor. Once the new windows are in place, you’ll know that the money was well invested.