When to Replace Your Doors and Windows
Did you know that you can save more than 10 percent on your electricity bill by replacing your doors and windows? When talking about insulation, doors and windows shouldn’t be ignored. Their effectiveness is determined by their age, their installation and their manufacture. Do you know the signs that tell you it’s time to replace them?
The signs of wear in doors and windows
The lifetime of a window is around 15 years. But it may last for 20 years and sometimes even longer. Here are some of the things you need to look for to determine whether a window needs to be replaced:
- Deterioration of the weather-stripping
- Damaged hardware
- Drafts all around the window
- Frequent and excessive condensation on the pane or between the panes
- The presence of mold and mildew around the window
- Difficulty in opening, closing or locking the window
Windows are also very likely to be changed when a home undergoes major renovations that completely alter its style. Another motivation might be to improve the home’s energy efficiency. This makes it possible to reduce your electricity bills during the winter, while providing you with better insulation against the heat of summer.
The qualities of good doors and windows
Basically, windows should be durable, attractive and easy to maneuver, while also offering good energy efficiency. Fulfilling this last condition guarantees the comfort of the home’s occupants. Price is also an important factor to consider. But in the end, the purchase of new doors and windows represents a long-term investment, so it would be a big mistake to sacrifice quality for a cheap price. Instead, you should determine the type of windows you’d like to purchase based on the following characteristics:
- The type of window (stationary or one that can be opened)
- The way it opens (with a crank, by sliding or by tilting and turning)
- The ease of maintenance (with pivoting panes or 90° casement hinges)
- The materials used in the frame (PVC, aluminum, wood, fiberglass or a hybrid)
- The type of glazing (single, double, triple, low-e film, gas or using a spacer)
- The energy efficiency (an A, B or C rating, depending on the climate in your region)
- The quality of the installation work (even the best windows, if poorly installed, will fail to live up to their full potential, and their lifespan may be shortened)
Remember that a door and window professional is the ideal person to advise you on the type of product that will best suit your needs, your style and your budget.