So, you want to make some improvements to your home, and you think replacing the windows is a good place to start. You ask yourself “How Do I know if I need new windows installed in my home”. Well, we have put together this guide for you, to help decide if replacing your windows is even necessary. Below, we have outlined some of the things to look for, before you call a professional to your home for an estimate.
The first thing to consider, when determining if you need new windows, is condensation (visible water droplets) forming on your windows. Condensation is when moisture forms on the inside surface of the glass. Excessive amounts of condensation on your windows is a sign of defects in the glass, or the seal between the glass and the frame.
If condensation is excessive and causing problems to the casings and walls around the windows, then it is very important to handle the issue right away before it gets out of hand. If it is happening in the bathroom or kitchen, first make sure there is enough ventilation and that any fans are operating properly. Also if you have a humidifier attached to your furnace you can try shutting it off to see if the problem clears itself.
If none of these tips clear up the problem then it might be time to get a pro in to check it out. If you would like more tips on preventing window condensation check out this article on how to stop condensation on windows.
There are a number of reasons why old wood windows will rot. The most common being the wood was not properly painted or sealed. Others reasons include manufacturer defect and the use of cheaper woods like finger joint, or a leaky roof.
In any case, a rotted window frame needs addressing by either replacing the rotted areas, or by replacing the window altogether. Also, make sure that the cause gets looked after as well, or you may have bigger problems down the road.
Drafty windows are an annoyance as well as an energy waster. It is important to asses drafty windows right away, before the winter months cause spikes in your hydro bills, and make it difficult to work outside.
You can apply a few simple DIY fixes with drafty windows by simply caulking or using weather-stripping around the drafty areas.
Single Pane Glass Without LowE and Argon
If you still have single pane windows and you are living in a northern climate (especially in Canada where I am from) it is definitely time to do an upgrade. Switching to double pane with Low E Argon filled glass will be a huge energy saver in the winter and summer months if you have an Air Conditioner.
The gas between the double pane glass acts as an insulator, increasing the R value of the window. The Low E coating protects your home from harmful UV rays, reducing the Sun’s effect on furniture and flooring, and lowers the heat transmitted through the glass. This combination of energy-efficient technologies helps greatly in saving on energy bills.
So How Do I Know If I Need New Windows
Next time you ask yourself this question, check over the issues I have outlined here and make your judgement. Some are more time sensitive then others. In any case, new windows usually pay for them self over time, so it is a good investment in your home.