Let’s be honest—spending money on windows isn’t a high priority for many homeowners. Because choosing new windows can be overwhelming and costly, you may wonder if you actually need replacements. Here’s how to tell if you need new windows.
• Wood is rotting on the inside or outside of your window.
• The windows are drafty. Check for drafts by closing the window and holding a candle to it. If the light flickers, there’s probably a draft.
• Caulk that is not sealed correctly.
• The windows have warm or cool zones. On a hot or cold day, check for these zones by holding your hand over every inch of the window frame and feeling for a change in temperature.
• The windows don’t open or close properly.
• Your current windows require too much maintenance.
Home Window Replacement Alternatives
Even if you decide to replace your windows, the method you choose is dependent upon the age of your home and the type of windows you have. You also might decide to only replace sashes. Check out these home window replacement alternatives to see which is right for you:
Replacing the Entire Window
Many people choose to replace the whole window, even if the existing window is in good structural condition. This way, they know today’s materials ensure the new window will be insulated and sealed correctly.
In the case of a whole window replacement, you have a wide range of options. For whole window replacement, it is necessary to remove trim work on the interior and exterior of the window. This generally is not a big problem and is more easily done in new homes. However, it involves more labor and usually more material costs.
Pocked Window Replacement Method
The pocket method is most common on double-hung windows or sliding windows. This method is very popular in much older homes or character homes with older-style trim work, where the homeowner does not want to disturb the interior or exterior trim work.
A pocket replacement window is manufactured to fit inside an existing window frame already installed in your house. For example, let’s say you have wood double-hung, single-pane windows with storm windows in your house. A pocket replacement window is perfect for this application.
A sash is the framework that holds window panes in the window frame. If sashes need to be replaced, sash replacement kits are available. These include new sash and jamb liners for older double-hung windows and are typically less costly than other options.
Ask Us About Home Window Replacement
There is no specific answer to how often you should replace your windows. This will depend on the age of your house, the material your windows are manufactured from, and the actual condition of the units and walls around them.
If you’re wondering how to tell if you need new windows, give us a call today at 920-233-3333 to talk with our experts. We’ll check the windows during visit to your home and point you in the right direction. We have access to some of the best window products around including Andersen.