3 signs you need to replace a window in your property

3 signs you need to replace a window in your property

Windows can be one of the last things we think about when it comes to regulating the temperature in our homes. Often, a sign they’re on their way out is loss of heat – your home (and you) will feel colder as a result and your energy bills could be sky-high. Let’s look at 4 reasons it might be time to replace a window at home.

They’re difficult to open and close

There’s one major reason to replace a window, and that’s if you can’t open or close it any more. Why? You’ve lost an essential escape route should you need it, if there’s an emergency. If you don’t want to invest too much money, think about utilising electric window openers instead. They can be a cost-effective and safe solution.

Windows can become difficult to open for a few reasons. The first is that it might be painted shut – especially if it’s an old single-glazed affair. Other reasons might be down to a warped frame  – prevalent on uPVC windows, which can expand and contract in hot weather. It may be time to look at opting for a new installation in this case.

They’re completely worn out

There are certain signs your windows are worn out, such as rotten wood, warping or failed double-glazing units (you’ll recognise this if it looks like the inside of the panels is misted up). These are all huge indicators that they need to be replaced.

Once rot sets into a wooden frame, it’s nearly impossible to keep it in good condition. Rainwater will often be let in and then cause more decay.

Sometimes, lesser quality uPVC windows end up discoloured over time – and couple this with expansion due to heat and possible misting of glazing, and you’ll soon realise they need to be replaced – you may also notice:

  • water leaks
  • condensation
  • cracks
  • chips
  • holes
  • scratches

If your windows are starting to fail.

Draughty windows

Tina Turner never turned those into a song, but often when a window needs to be replaced, you’ll notice more in the way of drafts and cold air coming into your home. This might increase your energy bills considerably – as much as 25% in some cases.

Drafts happen when a window won’t shut properly or if the locking mechanism is not working any more, this can cause issues too. Whilst it’s not energy bill friendly, it can also cause potential security issues too – with burglars possibly finding an easy way in if a window can be forced.

Windows are letting water in

Whilst windows are essential to let the light in, you want to keep the moisture out as that can spell disaster. Damp that gets in between double glazing panes can cause issues in and around the window and frame – not to mention causing dampness on walls too. Of course, condensation can be wiped away quickly, but once it starts to build up you’re storing up a lot of problems with water ingress and mould that can then require a lot more home maintenance over time. It might be best to take out and replace the window completely and undertake remedial work on the water damage before it gets too bad.

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