Do you ever find yourself asking, “do I need new windows?” Beginning the window replacement process is a big decision, so it’s important you know you’re making the right choice before upgrading. Great windows offer ventilation, look beautiful, help save energy, reduce noise and keep your space safe. If your windows aren’t doing one or more of those things, it may be a sign your windows need replacing. Below are five situations to help you decide if your windows could be doing more for you and your lifestyle:
1. FAULTY WINDOW OPERATION
Most aging windows develop balance issues, which lead to jamming and sticking. The formation of rust, rotting, or mold may also factor into this, indicating that your existing windows are nearing the end of their service life. With our large catalog of new window options, you can expect years of reliable performance without too much maintenance.
2. UNCOMFORTABLE DRAFTS OR POOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Improving energy efficiency is a common reason that homeowners choose to buy new windows. If you’re noticing drafty windows, especially in the winter, your existing windows are likely contributing to your energy bills. Other signs of poor energy efficiency include improper installation. Check the level, plumb, bowing, square and the reveal to tell whether your windows were installed properly. In addition to drafty windows, increased energy bills and poor installation, single-pane windows and fading interiors, described below, may also affect the energy efficiency of your windows.
3. AUDIBLE OUTSIDE NOISE
Do you hear every car horn, dog bark, and other traffic noises from inside your home? If you’re wondering when is the perfect time to replace your windows, excess noise is a sign your windows are not providing enough insulation. Marvin windows are engineered to reduce sound transfer, resulting in quieter, more relaxing living spaces.
4. DECAY AND WATER DAMAGE ON WINDOW FRAMES
Age and extreme weather can be harsh on your windows. In fact, they might sustain enough damage that window repairs just won’t cut it. If your existing units have cracks, broken glass, chipping, rotting, mold or decay, replace your old windows to enhance the décor of your house. Our Infinity from Marvin windows in Illinois use Ultrex® fiberglass frames, ensuring superior durability and longer-lasting performance.
5. POOR CURB APPEAL OR OUTDATED STYLE
Windows are the eyes of a home and go a long way in selling the property down the road. From outdated grille patterns to out-of-style colors, a window that misses the mark when it comes to aesthetics is a common instance in which homeowners decide to upgrade. Think about whether your windows are making your house look more beautiful or distracting from the vision you have for your space. Windows are a powerful way to establish a design vision throughout a home.