Window Replacement in 13 Steps
Window replacement is a daunting but necessary task. Fortunately, if your window frames are still in good shape, you may be able to install replacement windows without too much hassle!
Suppose you're experiencing window condensation, frame leaking, or can see mold on the sill. In that case, it's probably a good sign that it is time to replace your windows. Similarly, a home energy audit can illustrate the state of your windows and whether or not it's time for new ones. But sometimes it can be tricky to know when windows need replacement; especially if there are no visible issues.
How do you decide when it's time to tackle the job? And, when you do decide to install new windows, what casing, glazing, and style should you choose? Replacing the windows in your home is undoubtedly one of the more significant projects homeowners face. Though it doesn't have to be one of the most stressful. Here are five things you should know before replacing the windows in your home.
If you bought an older home or have lived in your house for a while, you might wonder, "how long do windows last"? Windows have a lifespan of anywhere from twenty to fifty years. However, different factors can affect how quickly their quality deteriorates. Seams around the glass can lose their seal, letting in moisture to create fog and condensation. Sometimes, casings can start to warp or crack, letting in outdoor elements and pests. Signs of damage and issues can be a good indicator that your window is nearing its end.
If you notice moisture buildup, it can clearly indicate that it's time to install new windows. When the glass has condensation, or you find pools of moisture on the sill, it usually means the seal is cracked. Not only will it let in moisture, but it can also degrade your home's energy efficiency.
3. How Many Windows Do You Need To Replace?
Not all of your windows may need replacement, especially if the windows in your home were installed and replaced as necessary instead of all at once. A professional can help you decide if a whole-house replacement is needed. Additionally, your budget and goals (like energy efficiency) can help determine how many windows will be replaced.
Your budget is essential when considering window installation. The size and type of the window, how many you are installing, and quality all factor into the price. There are various different types of windows, such as wood and vinyl. Before you discuss the cost with an installer, having a good idea of what you're looking for can be helpful. Especially the number of windows, type, and whether or not you need a "full frame" replacement.
A professional supplier and installer can help describe your home's window options: