Signs that Your Doors or Windows Need Replacing

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Windows and doors are very important components of your home. They help to keep the elements out and keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the cooler months. They also help to keep your home safe from unwanted intruders and it is important to have good doors and windows in place. Generally these are elements of your home that will last for a very long time but that does not mean that they will last indefinitely. There are certain signs that you should look out for that are a good indication that your windows or doors need to be replaced.

Frost or Condensation in the Windows

When the cold weather hits, older windows can frost up and have a lot of condensation. If you notice frost or condensation forming on your windows it means that they are not protecting your home from the outside elements adequately. It could be that your existing windows are single-paned or that there is a crack or other problem with a window. It is time to have the windows replaced and upgrade to newer windows.

Heating/cooling bills are becoming larger

If your doors and windows are failing, you could be experiencing a draft through any of these areas. If you have drafts, it means that you could be losing cool air in the summer or warm air in the winter and this will end up costing you more money in electrical costs. Test for drafts and if you determine that doors or windows are the cause, consider replacing them.

Doors / Windows do not function properly

When you are trying to open a window or a door and they stick or do not open all the way this could be a sign that they need to be examined or serviced. Windows and doors should be easy to open without too much effort or pushing. Every window and door is a potential exit in the event of an emergency, so if one is not functioning correctly, it is important to have it replaced. If you have to make a real effort to open doors or windows it can be a sign that they have outlived their lifespan and need to be replaced. One day your safety or your life could be on the line, so it is important to consider the risks.

New Windows and Doors for Curb Appeal

Door and window replacementIf you purchased an older home and have been working on upgrading it little by little, one of the things you should consider is replacing the doors and windows with newer ones. New doors and windows not only look nice and spruce up the look of your home, they are also energy efficient. If you cannot afford to replace everything at once, try doing it little by little as you can afford it.

Should you have repairs made?

Before you think that you will be saving a lot of money on doors or windows by simply having them replaced, consider their age and their condition. If there is any sign of rot in the sills around the doors or windows, it may mean that the entire frame needs to be replaced. In this case, it may be more expensive to save the existing door or window rather than having them replaced with new and more energy efficient doors and windows. 

A close examination of doors or windows may reveal not only that the sills and surrounding materials are rotten, but also that there is some mould or mildew forming in the area. This can be dangerous for your health with some mould spores causing respiratory infections. Don’t take a chance with your health, replace windows and doors when you notice that there is an issue.

If your sills and sashes are cracked, they are probably beyond repair. These will need to be removed by a professional and replaced with new materials. New windows should be installed at the same time for the most cost efficient replacement possible.

Ants or other pests are getting into your home

When you notice a large amount of insects or other pests getting into your home, it could be because your doors and windows are not sealing properly. If there is any damage to the sills and frames insects can make their way into your home. Once this begins, it can be difficult to stem the flow. Stop them in their tracks by replacing the doors or windows at their points of entry.

While spending money on doors and windows is an upfront investment, you will definitely save money in the long run with reduced energy costs. If you are concerned about your doors or windows, it is always a good idea to have a professional come to your home to take a closer look at the current situation to see if your doors and or windows need to be upgraded.

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