The windows you have installed in your home are an essential component of your home’s construction. Not only are they important for letting in light and ventilation, but they also protect your interior from intruders, the elements, and energy loss.

If you’re not sure whether it’s time to replace your windows, you are not alone. Replacement window installations are one of the most popular home improvement projects that we perform at Juranek Home Improvement, and many of our customers are often wondering what to look for when evaluating their home for a possible need for window replacement.

The first step to evaluating your windows for replacement is to determine the age and the quality of your window products. If you’re still not sure whether your windows are working correctly or if they need to be replaced, the following signs can help you determine whether a new installation is in order.

Condensation Inside of Your Windows

Condensation is not only irritating to see, but it can also cause damage to your windows and the rest of your home. Condensation usually occurs with single-paned windows and happens when it is warmer outside, and there’s too much humidity in the house.

When left unaddressed, condensation leads to peeling paint on the window frame and structural damage. Consistent and severe condensation may also result in water damage and the formation of mold and mildew. If you have double-paned windows and there is condensation, it could mean that the gas that fills the gap between the panes to provide insulation has leaked.

You Experience a Draft

Another common sign that you need to replace your windows is when you feel a draft seeping through the cracks when you stand near them. When it is warmer near your windows during the summer or colder during the winter compared to the rest of your house, this may mean that it is time for a window replacement.

Although caulking or weather-stripping can sometimes address drafts, a more reliable solution is to get replacement windows. Letting this problem remain unfixed can result in higher utility bills and less comfort.

Windowpane Cracks

Clearly, cracked or damaged glass is a sign that you need to replace your windows. If your windowpane is cracked, it is important to fix it immediately to avoid a potential accident or injury and to prevent major energy loss and higher bills.

For windows with expensive custom casings, you can just replace the glass pane. Meanwhile, for inexpensive vinyl windows, it’s likely to be much more practical to install brand-new, quality replacement windows.

Window Frame Cracks or Rotting

Water can easily seep into window frame cracks and lead to the growth of mold. When this occurs, the wood of the frame will rot, and more severe damage will result. While you can replace the rot with epoxy filler and then paint over it, there are instances wherein the damage is too severe that it is recommended to replace the whole frame by getting a window replacement.

Your Home Needs a Makeover

If you feel that your home needs a facelift, you might want to consider replacing your windows along with the upgrades in other parts of your house. New windows can give your home a refreshed look and upgrade its value from the inside and out and can be a wonderful way to add curb appeal to your exterior.

If you are looking to replace your windows with durable and energy-efficient replacement windows in Sioux Falls, contact Juranek Home Improvement. Aside from our excellent products, we also provide professional window replacement services and first-rate customer service. Call us today for more information about your home renovation needs or fill out our online form to request a free, no-obligation, in-home price quote.