Your windows are not just a means of ventilation. They also beautify and make for the proper lighting of your home. They can even protect you from burglary, unwanted noise, winter cold, and UV rays. And they can insulate your home and help minimise your energy consumption and the bill that comes with it.
This shows how important functional windows are, to your safety and that of your belongings, and why a flaw in them should be addressed as soon as it appears. While modern windows are built to last, they eventually wear out with time, perhaps, due to manhandling or harsh weather conditions.
The question is: When does your window need to be repaired or replaced?
When It’s Outdated
Windows add to the appearance of your home. If they are outdated, or if you are renovating your home, then updating to modern windows is ideal. The best part is that you can get them in various window types: awnings, casements, bays, sash windows, and so on. Modern windows won’t only improve the appearance of your home, but will offer you other benefits like improved energy efficiency, safety and security from outside noise, and protection from UV light, burglary, and other hazards.
When It’s Broken
As soon as you notice a crack on your window, call a technician that can provide and install a replacement glass for the window. The longer you wait to repair it, the more you expose you and your home to the many hazards (noise, cold, UV rays, burglary) from which a working window can offer protection. Plus, a broken glass will mar the beauty of your home, waste an overwhelming amount of energy, and (if it’s not toughened or laminated) can cause injuries.
When It Fogs
If your window is double-or-triple-glazed, then condensation in the glass is a common sign of failure you should watch out for. Such windows are built to be airtight to provide your home with proper insulation. Fogging happens when the seal fails and moisture gains access to the space between the glass panes, and the air there condenses.
When this happens, you might need to replace either the glass or the whole window. What you do is dependent on how severe the fogging is.
When Your Energy Bill Soars
When your energy bill is high, it’s because of the appliances you use that consume power. Your AC unit and heater are two of such appliances, and if you power them on often and for longer periods, it’s very likely that your home isn’t properly insulated and thus you are losing heat and cooling.
The first things to check are your windows. Instead of using temporary insulation measures on them, why not replace them with modern and more efficient windows?
Opening or Shutting Your Window is Becoming a Job
When opening or closing your windows is giving you a hard time, it’s usually because the balance has become problematic or because the material (example, wood or metal) used is rotting, rusting, warping, expanding or contracting due to harsh weather conditions. This usually happens when your windows aren’t properly painted. In any case, you need to have the windows replaced.
Having efficient windows isn’t simply a luxury. It’s a necessity. Why not go out there and get yourself and your home new windows and enjoy the many benefits they offer?