Homes Tips for The Average Joe

Signs That You Need Replacement Windows

It’s quite easy at times to know when we should upgrade things in our house. You know immediately when to add things into your to-do list like if the fridge stops on working, the paint job in the living room appears faded or the tile in the bathroom is cracked. Well, determining whether you should start considering replacement windows or not is a little bit more complicated.

Every 15 years at least or so, many homes have a tendency to show signs of tear and wear on the glass. As a matter of fact, it is during this period when homeowners begin to consider replacement windows. Actually, this is wrong as there factors that can help in determining when is the right time to do such.

Number 1. Are they working properly – the first thing to do when trying to determine if the replacement windows are still working the way it is supposed to be is to check if everything is working fine. To give you an example, it is important for you to see if the windows are still easy to close and open or do they stick, can everyone in the household open them without hassle, when closed are they tightly closed, if they have locks, can you lock and unlock them easily? Apart from the fact that these questions are important for energy conservation, this is also crucial to know because it can save lives literally, especially in times of emergency similar to hurricane or fire. Say for instance that the locks aren’t working correctly, it simply puts everyone inside the house at high risks of break-ins.

Number 2. Are they single pane glass – most of the older homes are equipped with just a single pane glass actually and while they may not show any signs of tear and wear, they’re costing you more money and wasting energy. Today, dual pane glass is the technology being used. Truth is, it’s a more energy efficient and safer solution when compared to single pane glasses. Also, dual pane glasses help in reducing pollution and noise in your house and a wonderful investment for properties that are located in densely populated areas at the same time.

Number 3. Is your wallpaper or carpet beginning to fade – if you have noticed areas of your home that get lots of direct sunlight especially to your furniture, wallpaper or carpet are beginning to fade, it is definitely a time for upgrade. Old glass may let too much UV light to enter into your house and ruin your belongings. New replacement windows that are available today are more energy efficient and come with treatments that are designed to protect your belongings from harmful UV rays.