Do you notice condensation or frost on the inside of your windows? Are you trying to lower your energy bill or increase the value of your house? If you answered yes, it’s time to consider a window frame replacement.
But is a full replacement necessary, you may wonder? Can you get by with some repair work instead? A construction expert can make an evaluation of your window frames and recommend the best course of action. In the meantime, though, here are four tell-tale signs that your house needs a window frame replacement.
1. The Frame Is Damaged or Rotten
The first and most obvious sign you need a replacement is if the frame is damaged, warped, or rotten. Here are some common signs to look for:
- Condensation on window
- Cool or warm drafts
- Window “sticks” when you open or close it
- Window won’t stay open (or closed)
If it’s a minor issue with the hardware or weatherstripping, you might be able to get away with a small repair. In most cases, though, it’s easier to replace the faulty window frame.
2. Your Energy Bills Are Through the Roof
Is your house too warm during the summer or too cold during the winter? It may not be your heating or cooling system. The problem could be your windows. Installing energy-efficient windows is one of the surest ways to regulate the temperature inside your home. They’ll also help you save money on your cooling, heating, and electricity bills.
Does your home have very old windows? It’s probably more economical to replace them than try to improve their current efficiency. In fact, energy-efficient windows can reduce heat loss by up to 20%.
3. Your House Needs a Facelift
Here’s another sure sign you need a window frame replacement: You don’t like the way your windows look.
Windows are one of the features people first notice in a home. If yours look old and dated, so will your entire house. And it’s important to like where you live. In fact, you should love your home!
Check to see is the window frames are warped or if the paint is faded. Torn screens or archaic storm windows also detract from your home’s curb appeal. Whether you’re putting your house on the market or making updates for yourself, new window frames will bring fresh life to your home’s appearance.
4. Your Area Is Prone to Severe Weather
Do you live in an area with harsh winters or blazing summers? Have you recently experienced a hurricane, tornado, or another natural disaster? Over time, those weather conditions will eventually take a toll on your house and your windows.
Homes near the ocean are exposed to salt, high humidity levels, and strong coastal winds. All of these can wreak havoc on your window frames. And, if you live in a region with four distinct seasons, temperature fluctuations can also damage your windows. Extreme heat or cold (or both) can cause your frames to crack, warp, or rot.
Final Thoughts on Window Frame Replacement
These are just a few of the many signs that it’s time for a window frame replacement. Would you like more information on replacing your windows or window frames? Check out our FAQ page or contact us for a free estimate!