When we purchased our 100+ year old Victorian, one of the things I was drawn to were all of the gorgeous bay and original stained glass windows. They were time-worn, beautiful, and for practical reasons most needed to be replaced! As homeowners, we would love for our windows and doors to last forever, but unfortunately to protect the structure of our homes and our investments it is imperative to make necessary window and door updates. Perhaps you are wondering if it is time to replace or update your old windows and doors? Let’s explore seven ways to identify when to replace windows and doors.
1. You feel a draft of hot or cold air.
I love living in an old home, but I’m not willing to sacrifice my comfort or my pocketbook to do so. Drafty windows and doors indicate that you have a problem. The hot air of summer and the cold air of winter should not enter through your closed windows and doors. Replacing weather stripping is always a good idea but should be considered a temporary fix. The seals around windows and doors wear over time and need replacing. If you are feeling drafts with each season, it is time to contact Pella® and look into replacing your windows and doors.
2. Your window sills or doors have peeling paint and some splitting.
Window deterioration often begins at the sill and door deterioration on the bottom rail. If you have peeling paint and splitting wood, this allows moisture to penetrate the wood causing wood rot. Window sills and doors with wood rot can lead to structural issues and can attract wood destroying insects such as termites. To prevent further costly repairs, it is recommended that you make any necessary repairs and consider replacing damaged windows and doors.
3. You are having difficulty opening, closing, or locking your windows and doors.
Doors and windows that are painted or nailed shut are a potential safety hazard and could prevent your family from exiting your home safely during a fire or other emergency. Windows and doors should open, close, and lock with ease. Windows should also stay open on their own. The mechanism that keeps a window open is called the balance. When the balance no longer works, your windows become potentially dangerous. In our previous 100 year old home, I was attempting to clean the 100 year old windows. As I opened a window and placed my hand on the sill, it came crashing down on my fingers. It was a very painful reminder that it was time to replace the windows! If your doors or windows are not working properly, it is time to contact Pella® and discuss replacing.
4. You see light coming in from under your door or window sill.
When a window is closed, there should not be any light coming through at the sill or around the window casing. Likewise, when your exterior doors are closed you should not be able to see light streaming in from around the frame or threshold. Remember that where light enters, other undesirables such as water, drafts, insects and rodents can as well! If you are seeing gaps in the framing, it is time to consider new doors and windows.
5. You have condensation between your window panes.
Windows that are double and triple paned contain a layer of air in between the glass that allow the window to better insulate your home. If you notice condensation forming in between the glass panes or you notice a film between the panes, your windows are no longer insulating as they should.
6. Your energy bill is costly.
Inefficient doors and windows inevitably lead to a more costly energy bill year round. Upgrading your doors and windows to new, energy-efficient options will eventually pay for themselves by lowering your heating and cooling costs.
7. Your windows are just plain ugly.
Let’s face it, if your windows and doors are chipped, cracked, broken, and/or missing hardware it might be time to replace them. New windows and doors can help you transform your everyday spaces into your favorite places!