You can expect most windows to last 20 to 25 years, as long as they are installed by a professional and are from a reputable manufacturer. In other cases, your windows may be long overdue for replacements. Unfortunately, it is difficult to know the age of your windows when you haven’t lived in your home for 20 years.

New homeowners have the challenge of determining how old their windows are and when replacements are necessary. We have outlined several signs below to make that decision. Of course, you can always hire a professional to know for sure. Examine your windows for any of the following signs to see if window replacements are right for you.

Window Operation

An easy way to identify if your windows need replacement is the way they function. Check each window in your house for smooth operation. They should open and close smoothly without any jamming. Ensure your windows can open and close completely. There shouldn’t be any visible gaps when closed, nor should you be able to feel a draft.

Opening and closing your windows are only half the test. Check your window locks to make sure they all work. Any windows without properly working locks should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. This problem serves as a security risk for your home. Protect your property and loved ones with functioning window locks.

Higher Energy Bill

A gradual increase in your energy bill may be a sign your windows are failing to keep temperature-controlled air safely inside. When a window’s seal breaks, it is unable to hold air inside your home and allows a draft. Window seals cannot be repaired, so a complete replacement is required.

It is important to note that high energy bills can be attributed to several different factors of your home (insulation, HVAC efficiency, ductwork, etc.) rather than just windows. However, they can have a serious impact on your rising energy bill, so be sure to inspect them!

Condensation Between Panes

damaged window pane and frame

Condensation on the outside or inside of your window isn’t necessarily a sign of concern. When you notice condensation between the glass panes of your window, this is a sign of a broken seal. Broken seals are unable to insulate your home correctly and contribute to a rising energy bill. Contact a professional to have your windows replaced.

Moisture Damage to Frames

Visible damage to your window frames is a sure sign you need a window replacement. This can be caused by a number of different issues. One problem that it could be linked to is moisture being caught between your window panes. If the seals are broken, moisture is easily able to get inside and sit there. Over time, that moisture causes damage and may even lead to mold growth.

Another cause of water damage to your window frames is from the elements. Your windows are one of the few qualities of your home that impact the interior and exterior of your home. They stand up against many different elements, including rain. That moisture can penetrate your window frames to a point it damages and deteriorates them faster. If you see any of these signs, reach out to a window installer.

Professional Window Installers

If you have discovered your home’s windows need to be replaced, don’t hesitate to contact EcoStar Remodeling & Construction. Our team can assist you in finding a window brand and manufacturer that is beautiful and long-lasting. Get in touch with us by calling 214-612-5331 or fill out our contact form to send us a message.

Our expert remodelers and contractors know what it takes to install windows properly so that they last longer and remain gorgeous. Get a free quote from us today!