There’s no exact timeline for when you should perform your home’s next window replacement. Windows age and can become damaged for many reasons, especially if you live in an area with a lot of weather activity. If you’re looking to add comfort and value to your home, you should consider replacing your windows.
Rolox Home Service, LLC offers window replacement services to homeowners in and around the Kansas City and Wichita areas. As winter weather rolls in, replacing your windows is a service you should consider to improve the comfort of your home and save on your energy bill.
How Long Do Residential Windows Last?
Window replacement costs can be high, so many homeowners want window products that last for many years. Even the most professional installations and highest quality brands are not built to last forever. Eventually, they will start to weaken and become problematic for your home.
The average lifespan of most windows is 15 to 20 years. Some products may last longer if they are well-maintained and not overly weather-worn, but when your windows start to approach the two-decade mark, you should consider replacing them.
Your windows will also last longer if you take care of them well. Over the years, you may need to perform certain repairs or simple fixes, such as window screen replacement or adding caulking and insulation. However, remember that these are only temporary repairs, and eventually, you’ll need to replace the whole window unit.
Signs of Window Failure
There are many warning signs to indicate that your windows may not be working effectively. These may include:
- Drafts and Air Leaks: Drafts are more likely to occur as windows age, but even newer windows can experience air leaks if their seals are cracked or broken. Air leaks and drafts let uncomfortable air into your home, contributing to any discomfort you may be experiencing.
- High Energy Bills: If warm or cold air is leaking in from a crack or leak, your air conditioning unit or furnace must work harder to maintain the comfortable atmosphere of your home. This will result in a higher energy bill for you and your family.
- Cracked Window Frame or Pane: Not only will cracks in the window frame or pane let in drafts, but a damaged frame can also compromise the efficiency of the window’s insulation. Cracks can also let in insects or small vermin.
- Rotted or Warped Window Frame: Wooden windows naturally tend to rot and warp over time, especially from fluctuating temperatures or excessive moisture. Not only do rotten windows look bad, but they can also cause flooding and air leaks. If your windowsill feels soft rather than rigid, you should consider replacing the entire window and its frame.
- Difficulty with Opening and Closing: Over time, opening and closing your windows creates tiny divots and grooves that can later cause cracks in the frame. Because of this, your windows may become unbalanced, causing them to jam, become stuck when opening, or shut too easily.
- Condensation: When moisture forms between the panes of double-pane windows, this could indicate that the seal is not working or is broken. Now that the window is technically no more efficient than a single-pane window, it should be replaced.
- Audible Outside Noise: Normally, you should not be able to hear a lot of noise from outside when you’re inside your home. If you do, this could be a sign that your windows’ insulation isn’t effective.
- Unappealing Appearance: Windows are notable features on your house. If you don’t like how they look, you might consider replacing them due to damage or other factors.
Benefits of a Window Replacement
Replacement windows offer many benefits to your home. Not only will your home feel more comfortable, but your house will be more energy-efficient, and you’ll be increasing its exterior curb appeal. Both factors add more value to your home and increase its price if you’re looking to sell.
A professional window replacement also increases the security and safety of your home. Older windows that don’t work properly or don’t effectively lock are easier to break into. If you live in an area with severe weather, ineffective windows can create a safety hazard for your family.
If you’re looking to replace your windows, Rolox Home Service, LLC is here for you. Our financing options make it easier for you to get your window replacement done before the winter weather settles in. We serve communities within 120 miles of our two locations in Kansas City and Wichita. Contact us today at 1-800-950-3060.