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5 Signs it's Time to Replace Your Home's Windows

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Replacing your home's windows may not be something that is on your radar. However, like most things in your home, eventually replacement will need to be considered. Replacing your home's windows can have a major impact on your home's curb appeal, its energy efficiency, as well as the comfort of your home.

If you're unsure of whether or not window replacement is the right choice, here are a few signs to look out for that indicate replacement is needed.

Your Windows Are Old

One thing you should consider when it comes to your home's windows is how long they have been in place. Most windows will need replacement after they have been in place somewhere between 26 and 50 years. Aluminum windows tend to require replacement before wooden windows do. If your windows are a few decades old, replacement may be a good choice.

Even if your old windows are in great condition, there still may be a few issues. Older windows are not as energy efficient as new windows. There is also the possibility that while the windows still look nice, there are age-related conditions that you may not notice.

You're Paying Increased Energy Bills

If you have noticed that your energy bills have been higher than expected, your windows may be to blame. Over time, air leakage in windows can become a problem as caulking and other weather stripping begins to give way. Cracks and gaps can also lead to higher energy bills. If your home has single-pane windows, you may notice the impact on your energy bills even more.

New windows can actually end up saving you hundreds of dollars each year in heating and cooling costs. Installing energy efficient windows is also often more cost-effective than attempting to improve the energy efficiency of old windows. The energy savings can help offset the cost of new windows over time.

The Windows Don't Open or Close Easily

Another sign that your windows need to be replaced is that they are not easy to use. Windows that are warped, damaged, or broken are not going to be easy to open or close. If the damage is too great to repair, replacement is the best option.

Windows that are not easy to open or close can also be a major safety hazard. Windows that are not easily opened can be dangerous in the event of a fire or other emergency.

Your Furniture Is Faded

If you are noticing that your home's furniture, carpets, and other types of flooring are starting to become faded, your windows may be to blame. The fading occurs whenever your windows are not blocking enough UV light from getting into the home. This is a common problem with singlepane windows. Replacement windows, especially ones with low-E glass, can put a stop to this fading.

You Don't Like the Way They Look

Chances are if you don't like the way your home's windows look, other people feel the same way. There are plenty of instances where a home's windows do not match the style of the home. This is certainly common in cases where the previous owner's style does not match up with the current owner's style. Windows, like any other part of the house, are also not immune to changes in trends.

If your home's windows are outdated or simply unattractive, replacement is a good solution. New windows can increase your home's curb appeal and even make it more attractive to buyers in case you plan to sell in the future. Replacing your windows also offers one of the best return on investments when it comes to home improvement projects, up to 80 percent is not unusual. 
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Replacing your home's windows can have a big impact on its appearance and energy efficiency. If you're considering new windows, contact B & F Roofing & Siding Co. today.