As a homeowner, it’s likely you’re always on the lookout for the elements of your property that need essential maintenance, whilst focusing on saving for the unnecessary yet aesthetic improvements you want to make. Most people tend to put off the expense and upheaval of replacing windows – but from both a visual and practical perspective, updating tired window installations as soon as you notice them is very important. Here we cover five key signs you need to replace your windows – and introduce you to some innovative new products that could provide solutions to a wide range of common issues.
Your room is draughty and cold, and your energy bills are high
Even with the heating on and the windows closed, you still feel cold – or can feel the breeze from outside filtering through on the inside. This can be a sign that old windows need replacing, or that a previously airtight installation is now less secure and needs updating. Aside from being uncomfortable, this is also bad news for your bank balance, as it’s likely you’re wasting precious energy as heat is lost through an older, inefficient installation.
Windows are foggy or trap moisture and condensation
Fogged-up windows or windows that are constantly damp on the inside are a tell-tale betrayal of age and a clear sign that an update is due. If your windows are sporting these symptoms it’s important to address them quickly – as damp can spread through a room or into the fabric of your building and cause further decay and even structural issues, as well as contributing to health problems such as asthma. If you have a wooden window installation damp could rot the entire frame – and this can be especially problematic if you are living in a heritage property.
There’s visible damage and wear and tear
Is the rubber lining coming away on the inside of your PVC? Do you struggle to open and close one or two particularly stiff windows? Are there cracks in the frame or glass? General wear and tear – whether it’s a small concern or a blinding obvious issue, needs to be taken seriously. As your windows work hard each day to keep the elements at bay and insulate your home, any minor ailments can soon become major difficulties.
You still have wooden installations
We touched on window installations made of wood above – and although they are still popular for some homes wishing to maintain a traditional style, they are much less hardy and require more maintenance than their rapidly progressing PVC counterparts. Wood needs to be painted and treated – and professional assistance can be costly. Now plastic window frames have a lot more to offer than they once did – providing a whole host of benefits and energy efficient, low maintenance solutions to common issues previously experienced by homeowners. They even look better – and wood-style PVC is more realistic than every before. There are other materials to choose from too – from brushed steel and titanium to specially treated wood if timber is part of your design scheme.
You spend a lot of time keeping your windows clean
Cleaning windows is understandably not a popular task for many people – but it’s necessary not only to keep your home looking good, but also to prevent damage and premature wear and tear that can arise from poorly maintained installations. If cleaning windows isn’t high on your to-do list, or you find yourself doing so or calling in a professional cleaner on a regular basis, it may be time to consider self-cleaning glass. This innovative new glass product uses a special coating that reacts with rainwater to wash off everyday dust, dirt and grime. Whilst you’ll still need to manually clean them periodically, self-cleaning windows dramatically cut down on the time and expense of constant washing.