When to Replace the Windows in Your Home May 14, 2014 Windows and doors account for more than 40 percent of the energy loss in your home. With so much riding on these key components, it’s important to have the right ones in every room of your home. There are a few key indicators that could point to the need to replace the windows in your home. We’ll look at a few of them right now. Drafts If you feel drafts during the colder nights every time you walk by your windows, this could be due to the type of window that is in your home. A draft window may be the result of a failed seal between the panes of glass, or it could be that you have old, outdated windows. Drafts could also come through the window frame due to improper insulation. If the draft is slipping through the glass or around the window structure itself, it’s time to consider replacing the windows. If it’s coming through the exterior wall frame around the window, you may just need a general contractor to improve the insulation there. Hard to Open and Close The older that windows are, especially wood windows, the more they have been exposed to extreme temperatures. Hot and cold will expand and contract the wood. Moisture will affect wood as well, potentially causing it to expand. This can make it more difficult to open and close the windows. Your home deserves to be comfortable and when you struggle to open and close your windows, you’re more likely to avoid it altogether. You’re Selling Your Home Believe it or not, new windows can improve the value of your home. If you invest in the right windows, not only will this be a more potent selling feature, but it will keep potential buyers from offering far less than your asking price because they would need to install new windows before they move in. Broken Hardware If you notice that the clasps or latches on your windows are rusted, corroded, or broken, it’s generally an indicator that they are old. While you can replace some hardware, replacing the windows will be the best option for your home and your family.