6 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Home’s Windows or Siding
Do you have a hunch that your windows or siding needs to be replaced? Maybe it’s the fact that you haven’t replaced either, after you’ve been at your house for years, and you’re wondering if it’s time. Maybe you can see that there are problems currently, and you’re looking into replacements for one or the other, or both.
Luckily, the pros at Energy Pro Windows & Siding in Kansas City specialize in windows and siding, so we know exactly what to look for when it comes to deciding whether or not your windows and/or siding needs to be replaced.
Check out these 6 signs to look for to decide when it’s time to replace your home’s windows and siding.
6 Signs Your Windows or Siding Is Ready for a Replacement
1. High energy bills
High energy bills are one of the most common signs of needing to replace your windows or siding, and they are one of the most annoying. When your energy bills seem high and your air conditioning or heater seems to be running at all times, you bet you have a problem with your windows, and possibly even your siding.
Great siding helps keep your house hot or cool, no matter what the temperature is outside. Efficient windows don’t let any air in that combats your air conditioner or heat, causing it to run more frequently. If you don’t have great siding or efficient windows, it’s a good idea to invest in replacements to save money on your energy bills throughout the year – especially in the summer and winter, now and over the long-term.
2. Drafts by windows
Do you feel air coming in by your windows? Not only is cold air coming in the windows in the winter uncomfortable, it is also very inefficient. And in the summer, the last thing you want is to let that hot Kansas City summer heat in.
Windows that are working properly are sealed shut and don’t allow any air in, so you won’t feel any drafts. If your windows aren’t sealed properly, you may be in need of replacements.
3. Cracked, damaged or weathered siding
If your siding is showing signs of weathering, cracking or damage, you might be in need of siding replacement. It’s costly to keep up with the maintenance of old, low-quality siding, and it’s time consuming. Plus, your siding needs to be able to withstand tough weather conditions and not buckle at the sight of a storm.
Investing in high-quality siding that is highly durable and extreme weather resistant is important with the storms that roll through Kansas City. Whether it’s hail, strong winds or severe thunderstorms, you need siding that holds up and never compromises over time. Once you see cracks and damage in several areas, you should consider replacing your siding, since it will only get worse over time.
4. Your windows are a few decades old
Windows need to be replaced every couple of decades, and if you know your windows haven’t been replaced in that long – or longer, you’re definitely due for window replacements. Windows don’t typically last longer than that, and you’re probably seeing signs of wear and tear.
Plus, the technology used to build windows will greatly improve with a couple decades. You want high-quality, durable and efficient windows that are made with the latest and best technology, so you can keep them around another 20 years.
5. Your house hasn’t had new siding since it was built
Siding is often one of those things that gets overlooked when thinking about home renovations, but it is also an important area to analyze. Sometimes your siding may look good on the outside, but has rotting and damage underneath, due to things like termite infestation. Other times, the materials that your home’s original siding just don’t cut it anymore.
Your home’s siding needs to be maintained, and if it’s been several decades since your home has had new siding, maintenance may not be the best option – you may need to seriously consider siding replacement. It’s a great investment at Energy Pro Windows & Siding that will help your home improve its curb appeal, equity and overall health.
6. Windows show signs of wear and tear
When you’ve had your windows for a long time, you might start seeing signs of wear and tear. Whether from a storm or just use over time, you might see signs that your hardware has failed or see damage inside or outside on your windows.
If you’re seeing any leaking or condensation build up on your windows at any time, your seals have failed, and you may need window replacements. In addition, you might be seeing signs of damaged frames, or you might have a hard time opening and closing your windows. When you have a good amount of damage and malfunctioning going on in your windows, you’re definitely due for replacements.
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