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Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

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.

Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

3 Reasons Window Replacement Might Be Necessary

by Bradley Castillo

Determining if it's time to replace windows can be challenging, especially for first-time homeowners. The reasons can be elusive since the damages are gradual, making the decision-making process daunting. But since windows are constantly exposed to elements, you need to pay attention to their repair and maintenance needs. That way, you'll ensure the windows are serving you effectively. But if they aren't in good shape, and the repairs don't hold for too long, you will have to consider a replacement. Here are some indicators to help you decide whether or not to install new windows. 

Operational Problems

Do you find it easy to open or close your windows? And even if they open smoothly, are you forced to get a prop rod to ensure they don't close? Or have you noticed that elements are leaking into the house? As the window ages, its components may not function as effectively as before. Damages like warping, cracks, and corrosion interfere with the materials, leading to poor operation. 

For instance, bay windows are prone to support and gravity issues which place undue stress on the hinges, causing them to bend over time. As a result, the window won't be aligned with the frame, making it difficult to open or close. Some vinyl frames also get warped because of severe climatic conditions and temperature changes. The frames also deteriorate over time. It's time to get new windows if operating the current ones is difficult.

Leaking Windows

While it's okay for condensation to build up inside the windows, it shouldn't occur when the humidity level is low. The same applies to fog between the window panes and frost accumulation in winter. When you notice any of these problems, the seals could be broken. It also implies that the house isn't adequately insulated. While resealing might work, there is a good chance the problem will recur. Getting new windows is the best way to solve this issue.

Unfortunately, it's hard to detect moisture buildup in wooden windows since the material will absorb it. But over time, you'll see spongy or dark patches at the frame or sill. This means the material is decaying, and it's time to upgrade.

Unattractive Windows

Windows are one of the primary aspects noticeable by everyone approaching a building. If you have disintegrated, damaged, or mismatched windows, your home's curb appeal will be affected significantly. The only way to improve your home's aesthetics is to get new windows. Regardless of your budget, you'll find something that suits your needs. With so many window materials, shapes, designs, colors, and sizes, it should be easy to find windows that enhance the residence's appearance.

While window replacement is costly, it may be necessary for the reasons highlighted above. The earlier you plan, the easier and less costly the project will be.

Contact a local window replacement company to learn more.