While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can show it’s time for replacement windows. Top-notch windows can serve you for years, but the Charlotte elements, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of your windows. If you don’t know if your windows are approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Charlotte just survived a severe storm.
Cities that are prone to severe weather, or even towns that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for possible damage if they dealt with weather stronger than what they were designed to bear.
- You are noticing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leave your home and cause outside air to creep in. Window drafts push your heating and cooling system to work more than it needs to and can lead to higher energy bills. Drafty windows can also be a sign of other issues, such as the need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of warped window panes or other necessary repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you decide if a window in this state can be repaired with a small amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your energy bill
Have you noticed that your utility bills are abnormally expensive? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can force your energy bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for power as your HVAC system has to work overtime to replace the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window experts can work with you to identify which type of windows might be best for increasing energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Charlotte.
- You discover condensation between your window panes
Although indoor condensation may not bother you that much, it could lead to window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a bad thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation that exists between the panes of the window can reflect an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or fixed with proper window replacement.
- Your house is in the middle of a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—when so many other elements of your home are getting a redesign, why not consider your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are older, and you will want your windows to mirror the new design of your remodeled home. If you are replacing your windows with bigger panes of glass, they can offer more light to your living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Charlotte has a wide selection of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows go with your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these indicators to help identify if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Charlotte a call at 704-228-9149 or come into our showroom. You can also arrange an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.