Are you considering window replacements or possibly trying to put off replacing your windows? It is difficult to know what the right answer is all of the time, but there are a few important considerations that you should look at before making a final decision.
Worn out Frames
Have your frames seen better days? The sun and weather elements can naturally start to deteriorate your frames, but with proper maintenance, it can be put off. The largest factor is your feelings towards the windows. Do you absolutely love the frames? If you can’t imagine your home with any other look and there is no rotting or mold in the wood, you might be able to sand them down, clean and paint them and simply replace the glass. If there are any rotting, soft spots or mold, unfortunately, they need to be replaced.
As homes age, it is normal to see peeling paint in certain spots, but if you continually see it on your windows, even after repainting them, it is a sign of moisture. In addition, peeling paint could be caused by the expansion and contraction of the windows during extreme temperatures. The constant changes cause there to be leaks, allowing moisture in and out of your window. This situation typically calls for a complete replacement rather than repair.
The Presence of Frost
Have you ever drawn your drapes back only to be welcomed by a glass filled with frost? This could be due to inadequate insulation in the home, but more often than not it is due to poorly insulated windows. If your home is very old, you still might have single pane glass that offer no insulation value and practically invite frost to hang out on them. If you want to avoid this from occurring, window replacement might be recommended.
There is a simple test that you can do on the interior and exterior of your home to determine if you have leaks. On the interior, hold a flame right next to the glass and watch it closely to see if it flickers. If it does, you have a leak. On the exterior of your home, you can follow the seal with a flashlight, while someone inside watches to see if any of the light enters the home. If the light does get through the seal (not the glass), then you have a leak and window replacements are likely necessary.