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How to decide if you should replace your windows

One of the most noticeable features of any home is the windows. If they are well taken care of they have a positive impact on the impression people (such as buyers) have of your property. The opposite occurs, of course, when your windows look old and worn.

So does that mean you should replace your windows, now or later?

That depends on several factors as window replacement can be an expensive proposition. Here are a few things to think about before making your decision.
  • Do your windows get frost or condensation build-up on the inside? This could be a sign that the windows are not keeping out the cold as well as they should.
  • Do you see water seepage or mildew on the interior sides of any of the windows? This means that moisture is creeping in from the outside, and you need to get those windows repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
  • If your windows are double-paned – (two panes of glass) – check for any signs of moisture in between the glass panes. Moisture indicates that the thermal seal is broken and at a minimum, the glass will need to be replaced.
  • Take a look at your windows from the outside. Is the trim rotting or cracking anywhere? Are there dark spots or any signs of rot on the wood frames? Repairs or replacement may be required.
  • Check the functionality of the windows. Do they open and close easily? This is important because some windows, such as those in bedrooms, are often designed to be big enough to use as an exit in case of a fire.
  • Finally, are you happy with how your windows look? Do you feel that your property will look significantly better with new windows?
Although they are expensive, replacing windows has a lot of advantages. Depending on the efficiency of your current windows, replacing them could cut your energy costs by 10-20%. In addition, new windows block out more exterior noise, making your home quieter and can even add curb appeal.

Want more tips on increasing the value, and enjoyment, of your property? Contact Danielle today.