When it is time to consider the efficiency and performance of your existing Kansas City windows, you have a lot to think about. While there are low-cost, DIY fixes, such as installing window films or weatherstripping, you also have higher cost solutions, which require you to invest in total window replacement.
Sometimes, Kansas City homeowners decide on windows without understanding the options that are available, evaluating the potential benefits, including cost savings, or even considering how old their current windows are. While you don’t have to wait for your windows to be drafty to think about replacing them, you still need to know how long your investment will last before it has to be replaced again.
How Long Do Standard Windows Last?
Many window experts agree that new, quality windows will last between 15 and 20 years. There are some vinyl window options available today that even come with warranties that last for 25 years – this is, essentially, a lifetime warranty (the projected lifetime of the window).
It’s important to note, though, that at the 15 to 25-year mark, your windows must be repaired regularly, which includes adding insulation and caulking and investing in other small fixes. Eventually, though, a complete replacement will be necessary.
Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Windows
You don’t have to guess that it is time to invest in new windows, as there are a few signs you can watch for. These signs are described here.
Cracks in the Window Frame or Windowpane
Some types of window damage, like the kind that can be fixed using weatherstripping or replacing the hardware, needs to be handled right away. However, if you are dealing with a damaged, broken, or warped window frame or sash, replacement is the best option.
Not only is a broken window frame an eyesore, it also compromises the efficiency of your siding, installation, and even your HVAC system. If the cracks get big enough, they may let in small insects and vermin.
This issue only occurs if you have double- or triple-paned glass in your windows. In this situation, condensation will get trapped in between the windowpanes, usually because of a hole or opening that can’t be seen. If your double-pane windows also include gas, then the appearance of fog may be an indication this gas has started to leak. Once this happens, the best option is to replace the window.
Soft Window Frame
If you are dealing with wood windows, too much moisture can cause the window to rot on the outside of your home. If the frame begins to feel soft, rather than rigid, it is best to replace the entire window.
Talk to the Professionals About Your Window Replacement Options
If you think it is time to replace your windows, be sure to contact Energy Pro today. We can provide a thorough evaluation to ensure your windows provide the efficiency desired. Our professionals can also let you know when a repair is possible and replacement is the best option.