Windows are one area of your home that requires attention and care. Over time, these products will need to be replaced and updated, which will improve the cosmetic appearance of your home as well as increase your house’s energy efficiency.
How do you determine when it is time to replace your windows? Are there signs that it is time to make this large (and expensive) investment?
Here are three signs that it is time to replace your home’s windows.
1. There is Damage to the Windows
Do you notice physical damage to your windows such as a crack? Are the frames warped? Do your windows easily open or do they stick each time you try? These are all signs that it may be time to replace your glass panes. When there is physical damage present, it can affect the look of the window and its use. If you cannot open the window due to damage, it can also affect the safety of your home.
2. You Still Have Aluminum or Wooden Frames
Look at the frames around your windows. What type of materials are they made from? If they are still made from aluminum or wood, it is time to replace your glass panes. These frames are not energy efficient and will allow hot and cool air to escape from your home, making it difficult to control the temperature inside your house. Replacing your old windows with more energy-efficient products, such as vinyl windows, will not only better maintain your home’s temperature but it will also lower your monthly energy bills as well.
3. Your Glass Panes are Foggy
When you wake up after a cold night, are your window panes covered in frost? If you have double panes, do you notice a lot of condensation between the panes that make it difficult to see out of the window? These are signs that something is wrong with your window and repairs are needed.
Keep in mind that replacing the windows throughout your home is not going to be a quick home improvement project. Windows can be expensive, particularly if you have large windows throughout your home. However, you can recover approximately 73.9% of those costs when selling your home.
For more information on buying and selling a home in Markham, the current real estate market, and home improvement tips, check out Markham real estate agent Martin MacFarlane’s blog.