6 Surefire Ways to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

How do you know when it’s time to replace your windows?


It may seem like a daunting question, but you don’t have to be a contractor to know how to make this decision. We’ve laid out the top six things to look out for:

  1. Opening and closing your windows has become a difficult task.

Are your windows difficult to lift, swing or slide easily? Windows should move fluidly and fit into place easily.

  1. 2. You feel air coming in or see curtains or houseplants move even when the window is shut and latched.

This may sound obvious, but if you feel cold air coming in through your windows, or if the hot sun is making it difficult for the air conditioner to keep your house cool, you might be in need of double- or triple-pane replacement windows. Single-pane windows often leave rooms feeling chilly and dry in cold weather and overheated in warm, sunny weather. Double- and triple-pane glass with Low-e blocks much of the direct sunlight and can greatly improve the comfort of your home.

iStock 000015602174Large

  1. You see condensation or fogging on or between glass panes.

If condensation regularly collects on your glass, especially if it clouds the view and soaks the window trim, you might need to replace your windows. Keep in mind, a certain amount of condensation is normal, however.

  1. Your windows are painted or nailed shut.

Painted windows require regular maintenance; otherwise they could rot and fall apart. Chipping, deterioration or water stains on the window or the area around the window (inside or out) is a sure sign you’ll need to replace your windows.

  1. You never clean your windows because you think it’s too difficult.

If you find it increasingly difficult to clean your old windows, replacement windows might be your answer. Many new windows come with easy-clean or even self-cleaning glass, designed to make cleaning simple.

  1. The process of putting up and removing storm windows is becoming a hassle.

Storm windows can be a thing of the past with new energy efficient, impact resistant windows.

Check your windows this spring, and consult with a contractor if you suspect your windows need to be replaced. For more information on window styles, feature and tips of the trade, check out Windows 101 for a crash course.