Unlike some other things in your home, there’s no set timetable for replacing windows. It’s safe to assume that your roof is good for about 20 years, your furnace for about 15 to 20 years, and your other appliances for about 10 to 15 years.
Windows, on the other hand, could last much longer if they are well-made. Because you’re not working on a set schedule for window replacements, you need to pay attention to your windows and the signs that you need a window replacement in Milwaukee.
Here are 5 signs you shouldn’t ignore.
1. They Are Damaged
High winds, thunderstorms, hail, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. can all damage your windows. If you have a severe weather event, even if your windows don’t break, you should still check them. If the winds are stronger than the windows were created to withstand, you should have them inspected by a professional to determine if they are damaged.
2. They Are Drafty
Drafty windows could let warm air out in the winter and cold air in, and vice versa. If you notice that you are getting a breeze from your closed and locked windows, you could have missing or damaged weatherstripping, broken hardware, or other issues necessitating window repair and replacement.
3. They Look Old and Dingy
Windows aren’t the most exciting home improvement project, but they can really make or break your home’s curb appeal. Old, dingy windows that are outdated can make your home’s exterior look old and rundown. This is especially relevant if you update your home and your new aesthetic doesn’t work with the older windows.
A home makeover, whether it is to sell your home or just for your own enjoyment, is the perfect time to upgrade your windows. Don’t go to all the trouble of making over the interior and exterior of your home and skip out on replacing the windows.
4. Your Energy Bills Are High
Faulty windows can result in sky-high energy bills, as your air conditioner or furnace is working hard as all of the cold or warm air is escaping outside, driving up (or down) the temperature in your home. If you notice that your energy bills seem high and it’s not significantly colder or hotter outside, your windows might be the problem.
Energy-efficient windows can help you save money and increase the value of your home.
5. They Are Difficult to Open, Close, or Lock
Windows that take all of your strength to open, those that won’t stay open without a piece of wood holding them up, or those that have broken or faulty locks need to be repaired or replaced. At a minimum, it’s annoying that your windows don’t work properly. A more serious problem is that windows with broken locks leave your home and valuables unsecured as that burglars often come in through windows and back doors.
Do You Need a Window Replacement in Milwaukee?
If you’re reading this and thinking that it really is time to get your windows checked out and to start seriously considering replacing them, we can help. Don’t let your energy bills continue to skyrocket and don’t leave your home looking outdated.
Get in touch with us today for your window replacement in Milwaukee. We are a veteran-owned, local remodeling company, specializing in outdoor projects, including windows.