Even if your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate it’s time for replacement windows. Top-notch windows can withstand the elements for decades, but the Roanoke climate, heavy use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of all of your home’s windows. If you aren’t sure if your windows are approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some indicators that it may be time to replace them:
- Roanoke just dealt with a severe storm.
Cities that are likely to face severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for potential damage if they faced weather beyond what they were designed to handle.
- You are noticing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to leave your home and help outside air to creep in. Window drafts require your heating and cooling system to work longer than it needs to and can lead to higher energy bills. Drafty windows can also indicate other issues, such as needing weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of damaged window panes or other necessary repairs due to windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you decide if such a window can be repaired with a small amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your energy bill
Have you realized that your power bills are abnormally steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can force your energy bills to go up by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can make you to pay more for power as your HVAC system works overtime to replace the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window staff can work with you to find which type of windows could be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by considering such things as weather changes in Roanoke.
- You find condensation between your window panes
Even though indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could cause window damage. Spotting condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many instances it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation that exists between the panes of the window can be a sign of an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or fixed with proper window replacement.
- Your house is experiencing a makeover
A home makeover is an ideal time to replace your windows—since so many other elements of your home are getting a new look, why not add in your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are worn down, and you are going to want your windows to reflect the new look of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can add more light to your living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Roanoke has a wide variety of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these indicators to help determine if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of Roanoke a call at 540-466-1918 or stop by our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.