When To Replace Your Windows
People typically replace things around their houses once they are on their last legs or broken. Unless you have very active children, the chances of your windows getting broken are generally pretty low. So, how do you know when to replace your windows? Please read on for signs that show that your windows need replacing and why vinyl windows are a great choice as replacements.
The Age of the Windows
Windows typically have a lifespan of 15 – 20 years. If your windows are getting close to that, it’s time to consider replacing them. While they may still open and close smoothly, older windows tend to be single-pane windows which are not as energy efficient as modern vinyl windows. In fact, you may even be eligible for rebates, interest free loans or government grants.
High Energy Bills
When it comes to heating and cooling your home, windows are one of the main reasons your HVAC system has to work harder than it should. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. If you feel a draft when you stand close to a window, it’s a good time to consider replacing your windows. Centra Windows go a long way toward improving your home comfort, keeping you warmer in winter, cooler in summer, and slashing your energy bills.
They Stick Easily
Window frames tend to warp with time and weather. There may also be rusting and rotting with age. This damage is not always easily visible to the naked eye. However, a good sign is a draftiness or difficulty opening or closing the window. If you find yourself picking a fight with your windows on a regular basis, it’s time to get them replaced.
When It’s Loud Inside
Windows can filter outside noises quite easily. Vinyl windows offer acoustic insulation that helps keep your home comfortable. If you live in a noisy area, your window installer will be able to recommend vinyl windows that are designed to offer acoustic insulation.
After A Severe Storm
With the weather changing and storms becoming ever more frequent, it’s always a good idea to have your windows checked out after a bad storm. This is because windows bear a lot of the brunt when rough weather strikes. Vinyl windows and frames can be a great choice if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions as they do not absorb water (and so do not puff up), and they do not chip, rust or peel.
This one is obvious. Not only does visible damage to your windows reduce the curb appeal of your home, but it also allows sound to filter in, lose heating or cooling and can become a health hazard. While some damage can be repaired, if you have a warped, or broken window sash or frame, replacement is preferable to a quick patch-up job.
Window Replacements With The Vinyl Window Company
The Vinyl Window Company makes replacing your old windows easy. The first step is contacting us! We measure your windows to give you a free window replacement estimate and talk you through your options. Your vinyl windows are then custom-built for your home’s specifications within three months and installed at your convenience.
As a family-run business, we have installed Vancouver Island manufactured replacement windows and doors for thousands of Greater Victoria residents for over 20 years. From the initial consultation to the skilful installation, our team delivers quality every step of the way. If your windows show any of the signs mentioned above or are getting close to retirement age. Don’t hesitate. Get in touch with us today.