Window replacement is a significant expense, which is why you should only do it when it’s absolutely necessary. But when you notice a combination of any of these problems, you should strongly consider focusing your home improvement dollars on this project:
1. Damaged Framing
Any experienced general contractor like Pritchett Bros would recommend you to get new windows when your old units are suffering from rot. Decay is irreversible, leaving the wood components structurally unsound. Being weak and unsightly, windows with worn-out frames, sashes, casing and trim are begging for retirement.
2. Jerky Operation
All windows expand and contract with changes in temperature. The movement of the material can cause the unit to jam over time. Also, antiquated windows, especially double-hung ones, have old-fashioned mechanisms known to fail and compromise operation. If they won’t stay up when raised, they might hurt someone when they suddenly slam shut without a warning.
3. Excessive Draftiness
Operating units don’t prevent air infiltration completely. The amount of draft they let in, though, shouldn’t be noticeable. But when you feel the cold air from outside even when they’re closed, it could be a sign that you need to buy replacement windows.
4. Interior Glass Condensation
Windows sweat on the outside when there’s too much moisture inside your home. This kind of condensation actually indicates that your home is airtight. It’s bad news, however, when you see droplets of liquid between the glass sheets. Double-pane windows are sealed to trap the insulating gas inside, which contributes to energy efficiency. Moisture intrusion means seal failure and gas leakage, making your units less effective as an air barrier.
5. Inadequate Daylighting
Outdated glazing systems either allow most of the sunshine in without blocking the sun’s heat or reflecting daylight to filter out infrared rays. To ensure that your windows reflect the unwanted portions of the solar spectrum and let in visible light, get ENERGY STAR®-certified products.
In addition to brightening up your interior, these windows can help lower your electric bills by making your indoor spaces naturally cooler. Traditional, artificial lights are notorious for heating up rooms when turned on.
6. Taxing Maintenance
Any reputable window and roofing contractor would attest that old units are inconveniently high maintenance. If you’re tired of routinely scraping and painting your windows, replacing them with moisture-resistant ones can reduce upkeep to basic cleaning.
Turn to Pritchett Bros to access an impressive replacement window selection. We carry Andersen®, Marvin and Pella® products, giving you plenty of latitude in choosing your new units for your home. Call us at (812) 275-3185 now to schedule your in-home consultation and estimate in Bloomington, IN, or any nearby community.