Replacing windows are costly projects. If you are wondering whether or not it’s time to replace your windows, price is most likely one factor that you’re taking into account. Like other major projects, there are many decisions to make and questions to answer before making any purchases. What are you looking for in a window? What kind of windows will look best based on the architecture of your home? Are there weather patterns in your area that require a special type of window? What features do you want the window to have?
Before getting into the specifics, let’s first look at how long windows should last, depending on the type of window you have in your home.
How long should special kinds of windows last?
Not all windows are created equal, so if you’re asking, “How long do wood windows last?” that answer is slightly different than, say, aluminum or vinyl. Wood windows are projected to last 10 to 20 years. Aluminum lasts longer: between 20-25 years. Meanwhile, a more standard window like vinyl can last anywhere from 20 to 40 years (Source: Feldco.com).
Other factors must be taken into account, too. Moisture, heat, and severe weather over time are just a few examples of conditions in your area that may impact how long your windows last – or don’t last.
Is it time to replace my windows?
At some point in time you may need to consider window replacement. But when is the time right?
To determine your needs, answer these questions to decide if the time to replace your windows is now – or if it’s simply time to consider a window glass repair.
• Are your windows broken?
Minor cracks in the glass may mean that you only need to consider a window glass repair. But if the actual frame, locking mechanisms, etc. are broken, you may be past the point of putting a band-aid solution on the window. It might be time for a full replacement.
• Are they drafty windows and/or are they letting water in?
Obviously, drafty windows are going to decrease the energy efficiency of your home. Whether you’re concerned about the environment or just upset with your skyrocketing heating and cooling bills, drafty windows could be giving you a major headache.
Leaky windows are even worse; not only do leaks let water into your home, but left unchecked your home could develop mold or mildew deposits. In addition to ruining the interior of your house, mold can lead to major respiratory problems.
• How would you describe the quality of your windows?
If you answered this question with words like “terrible,” or “awful,” then it may be time to consider a replacement. Perhaps the locks don’t work. Or maybe the feature that is supposed to allow you to tilt the windows in (so you can clean them easily) hasn’t functioned for the past several years.
• Do the windows actually match your style?
It’s quite possible that your windows are well-made and energy efficient – but they just don’t match your personal taste and style. For example, an ultra-modern home décor might not “go” with traditionally-styled oak frames. While this last question relies more on personal preference than true need, it is still a reason that you may choose to decide to replace your current windows.
How to make your windows last longer?
Fortunately, when you’re in the market for new windows – or even a less involved window glass repair – you can take some steps to ensure your windows last as long as possible. First, think green! That means when you’re considering energy efficiency, double-paned, argon-filled windows with a Low-E coating are a winning combination.
Low-E (low emissivity) is a coating that allows “as much natural light into the house as possible . . . [and although] transparent. This coating also protects your home from unwanted UV rays [while controlling] radiant heat (infrared light) as it enters and leaves your home” (Source: HomeAdvisor.com). Double-paned glass provides an extra layer of insulating protection, and then the argon fills the space in between. Argon is another energy-efficient feature that slows down the heat as light streams in through your window (Source: TheBalanceSMB.com).
Choose contractors wisely, too. HGTV.com warns consumers to avoid a contractor that thinks “expanding foams or sealants to get a window to fit well” are all he or she needs. Instead, you want to hire someone that can install the window properly, before turning to the foams and sealants. You’ll also want to ask the contractor if pre-installation waterproofing is part of the job (Source: HGTV.com).
Contact Mid-Atlantic Remodeling Company Today!
Whether you’re ready for a complete window replacement or a simpler residential window repair, Mid-Atlantic Roofing Company is ready to help meet your needs. We hire only the most skilled, qualified contractors – so you’ll never need to worry about installation and overall quality of work.
As a customer-centered company, we strive to put you first at all times. And it shows: our professional, hard-working team is both knowledgeable and responsive. Plus, we understand the need to remain affordable. We are always willing to work within your budget to help keep your project manageable, without sacrificing quality and style.
Visit us online at https://www.midatlanticremodelingco.com/, or simply call us today at (410) 918-0563. We look forward to hearing from you!