Maintenance is common to any home and you need to inspect the house routinely to get an idea of what has to be done. This ensures that you don’t let small problems become larger giving rise to larger repairs. The windows are part of your external building envelope and they provide both a protective and aesthetic function. But windows don’t last forever and you need to know when to replace them.
Smaller issues can be repaired instead of a full replacement. This can be a problem with the hardware of the window or adding new weatherstripping. But if your window frame or warped or damaged, it is always best to replace it instead of repairing it. The window may still be operable but you only have a short window of time until it develops bigger problems. Sometimes you may notice that the windows are prone to fogging up or they may not seal very well causing drafts to come into the house. In the latter problem, it affects your home cooling and heating system. If the window is not providing the insulation properties expected of the building envelope, it can strain your HVAC system contributing to high utility bills. You also have to consider how easy it is to operate the window. If it is getting stuck constantly when you are opening or closing them it can be a bit of a nuisance. And if it is hard to close them, it can be a security risk.
As mentioned above, drafty windows can cause your electricity bill to go up. In addition to window replacements, you need to select windows that offer more energy efficiency. For example, there are double glazed windows that come with an air gap in between that are great at insulation. These will not let warmth or cool air escape outside. So when it comes to your next replacement, check for windows that offer more when it comes to energy efficiency. You can also tailor the efficiency of the glass according to the climate you are living in. In addition to being a functional element of the home, windows also improve aesthetics. The right windows will improve your curb appeal and your resale price. You need to check if the window material is warped or whether the colour of the windows had faded. These aspects can take away from the overall aesthetics.
If you have fixed windows in your home, you can improve functionality by replacing them with operable windows. This will facilitate cross ventilation in your home and you will not need to rely on your heating system on certain days. Your indoor air quality will be improved as fresh air from outdoors will be permeating the house. If you live in an area that is at high risk for hurricanes, then you may need to replace windows after a big storm goes through the town. There are certain materials you can select for windows that are tougher and can withstand corrosion and extreme temperature changes.