Buying new windows for your home is a major purchase. Luckily though, it isn't something that needs to be done often. However, few people realize that there are a few tips and tricks that can help you extend the lifespan of your new windows. My husband and I recently bought new windows and I wanted to make sure I got the most out of them, which is how I came across these tricks. I spent a lot of time researching and learning about them, so I decided to create a website to help others who may be looking for the same information. I hope this helps you.
Your windows are not something you need to upgrade on a regular basis. However, every few decades, your windows could use an upgrade. When it is time to upgrade, there will be some clear signs that something is amiss with your windows.
Sign #1: Too Much Outside Noise
When your windows are closed, your home shouldn't be completely silent, but most outside noise should be significantly muffled. If you feel like your next-door-neighbor is running the lawnmower right next to your head, or if you feel like you can hear each time your neighbor starts up their car, your windows may not be reducing sound enough to make your home a comfortable environment.
You can upgrade to windows with a higher Sound Transmission Class or STC. The higher the STC, the more they keep sounds out. With newer windows, single pane glass has an STC of 26-28, and double pane glass has an STC of 26-32, which is more than enough for most homes. If your home is located near the train tracks or an airport though you may want to go with soundproof windows.
Sign #2: Too Drafty
When you stand next to your window, and it is cold outside, that space shouldn't feel any colder than the rest of your home. If you feel colder when you stand next to your closed window, then you have a draft problem, which essentially means your windows are letting air into your home, even when they are closed.
Drafty windows can really have a negative impact on your overall energy costs. If you have a lot of drafty glass in your home, your home is going to be much more expensive to heat and cool than if you had more energy-efficient glass installed.
Sign #3: Too Stuck in Place
Finally, it should be easy for you to operate your windows. You should be able to easily open and close them without hassle. It shouldn't take extraordinary strength to open them or tricks in order to get your windows to stay shut.
If your windows are not operating correctly anymore and you have tried repairing them, then it may be time to replace them.
Your windows should be replaced if they allow in a lot of noise and drafts, and if they are hard to operate. Newer windows should be easy to operate and should help to create a quieter home with fewer drafts. Talk to a local contractor about options, such as Anderson windows, when changing up the windows in your home.Share