Windows don’t just serve as an important barrier between your home and the elements, they play an integral part in its attractiveness, too. But if you’re wondering if it’s time for an upgrade, these tips can help.
Is it time for a replacement?
Knowing when windows are well past their expiration date is not always cut and dry. Some windows can last for over fifty years, but most will need replacing a little sooner. Here are some tell-tale signs yours need replacing:
- If you live in a particularly windy or rainy locale, your windows may need replacing more often. Keep an eye out for sealant that’s pulling away or the corrosion of window frames.
- If you moved into an older home, the windows are likely old, too. If your home is more than twenty years old consider an upgrade.
- If you’ve noticed your windows are starting to warp or are broken, it’s wise to upgrade before the problem gets worse.
- If you’re looking to save money on your energy costs, replacing windows is a great way to conserve.
Which windows are right for me?
While they aren’t always as eye-catching, vinyl windows are the most cost-effective and weather-resistant type of windows, making them a great option for homes in storm-prone areas or along the coasts.
Sturdy and structurally sound, aluminum windows are a popular choice for very large windows but have fallen out of fashion with most homeowners. That being said, they can still be a solid option and can easily be painted for a more appealing look.
This modern choice has been growing in popularity in recent years, and for good reason—fiberglass is relatively inexpensive, and it will expand and contract with changes in temperature or weather.