Common Signs That Your Windows May Need Replacing

More often than not, when purchasing a property, homeowners assume that they won’t need to replace the windows during their time of ownership. While the majority of new windows are designed to last for at least a decade, depending on when the windows were installed at your property, who installed them and the type of material that the frame is made from, they may not be as durable and long-lasting as you think. For this reason, you may find that your windows require replacing reasonably soon after you purchase a property. 

 

While some homeowners invest in replacement windows to improve the look of their home, others only do so when they require replacing, and even then, people may avoid doing so for as long as they possibly can. However, it is essential to note that these replacements can actually be incredibly beneficial, and it is always worthwhile doing. If you’re wondering whether your windows really need replacing, below is a list of common signs that mean you should look at getting new windows installed. 

 

Your windows are broken

 

Of course, if your windows are broken, then it is a visible sign that they need replacing. Whether a pane of glass is smashed or the frame is cracked, it goes without saying that you really should replace this window. Remember, you don’t necessarily need to replace all of your windows if you’re unable to, but you should always fix any that are broken as soon as possible. 

 

It is difficult to open and close your windows

 

Sometimes, over time, your windows can become difficult to open or close. This can be down to many different things, such as warping, but you should consider replacing these windows if this happens, especially if you’re no longer able to lock them. Remember that your windows can be a vital escape route in an emergency too, so ease of opening is essential. 

 

The window frame is starting to decay 

 

Depending on the material of your window frames, this may not be an issue for you, but if you have timber frames, then you should keep an eye out for decaying. It isn’t uncommon for old wooden windows to experience general wear and tear, but rotting and mould shouldn’t be ignored. Replacement windows are the best solution for this common issue. 

 

Your energy bills are rising  

 

Like your doors, your windows are designed to keep the warmth in and the cold out. If you’ve noticed an unexplainable rise in your heating bills, your windows may not be doing their job correctly. Investing in replacement windows that are double or triple glazed will make a huge difference to your home’s insulation and, in turn, your energy bills. 

 

There is condensation in your windows

 

While condensation is normal to a certain extent, sometimes particular types of condensation can be a clear sign that your windows need replacing. For example, condensation is in between the panes of glass can be a sign that the seals are no longer working. You may simply be able to reglaze your windows but, if not, you should invest in replacement windows. 

 

General outdoor noise is disturbing you

 

If you have single glazed windows, then it is likely that you will experience this issue and you may even be used to it, but you don’t have to put up with outdoor noise. Your windows should have soundproofing qualities and block some of the general outdoor sounds, but if this isn’t the case, then you may want to consider replacing them. 

 

Investing in replacement windows 

 

Hopefully, now you’re aware of some of the most common signs that your windows may need replacing, you can ensure that you’re investing in windows as and when they’re required. You shouldn’t ignore anything mentioned above, and it is always worthwhile investing in replacements. Of course, you don’t need to wait for these signs; you can still carry out this home improvement at any time if you would like new windows, there are so many benefits to doing so. 

 

If you’re looking for a company, who can provide you with replacement windows in the Buckingham area, visit the Park Lane website today. We can provide you with a vast range of windows, from casement and sliding sash to bay and bow, in a selection of different materials, including uPVC, timber and aluminium so we will have the perfect replacements for you. If you have any questions at all about replacement windows, don’t hesitate to contact us, we will gladly assist you further.