When Should I Get Replacement Windows?
If well maintained, premium windows can last for decades. But, like everything else in your home, they will eventually need replacement.
When you will need replacement windows in Vancouver is contingent upon a couple of aspects. The top ones are the quality of your current windows, material type and how well they were installed. But the weather in Vancouver and how often you open your windows can also affect how soon they’ll require replacement.
Let’s discuss a few the indicators that it’s time to get replacement windows.
Your House Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the lowest-priced model, they’re notoriously inefficient. If you make the move from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on utility prices annually, depending on where your home is.* Those savings can really build up over the life expectancy of your updated windows.
As well as helping you pay less on energy costs, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you more comfortable through severe winter and summer conditions. Keeping your home comfy and helping you save money on energy prices is important to us at Pella of Vancouver.
That’s why we provide a full range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, including insulated windows. You can upgrade your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to lower heat transfer. Several of our windows have achieved designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve achieved thorough energy regulations.
And our special choices only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can defend your possessions by deflecting up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, depending on the coating you pick.
One more drawback of single-pane windows is that they don’t muffle outdoor noise very effectively. If your home is in in a busy area, consider our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows provide an unsurpassed combination of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Causing Comfort Problems
When your windows are wearing out, they can create more critical troubles than making you feel overly hot or cold. They can also impact your energy costs, as the Department of Energy says they discharge up to 30% of your residence’s heating and cooling. With the average home spending $2,060 each year on heating and cooling costs, that’s a sizeable chunk of change.
There are some things you can do to make your windows more energy efficient, like:
- Adding weatherstrip
- Sealing air leaks
- Buying energy-efficient window treatments, such as honeycomb shades
Having said that, if you’re feeling big breezes even when your windows are closed, you may need to install new windows.
Your Windows are Broken or Don’t Open Properly
It’s not a great sign if your window frames seem mushy. This means the frame has been subject to water damage and is beginning to rot, which could cause major issues with your windows. You might have problems opening, closing and locking your windows if this is the problem.
Another flag that your windows need to be replaced is condensation. Intermittent condensation is expected, including on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. Having said that, if you’re noticing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have potentially gone out.
In either circumstance, you should get started planning to replace your windows soon.
At Pella of Vancouver, we specialize in manufacturing custom windows that work with your house and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our pros are here to support you every step of the way. Contact us at 250-475-1277 today to get started.
*Source 2015: D+R International in support of ENERGY STAR. Savings estimates are based on RESFEN 6.0 modeling of eight home profiles across 93 U.S. Cities. Home profiles include new construction or existing construction, single-story (1,700 square feet) or two-story (2,600 square feet), and natural gas or electric heating. Savings estimates for each city represent the average of the eight home profiles in that city. Climate zone savings estimates represent the average savings among the cities in each climate zone. Cost savings calculations used 2013-2014 average natural gas prices and 2012-2013 average electricity prices from each state from the Energy Information Administration. Actual savings will vary by local climate conditions, utility rates and individual home characteristics. Hawaii was excluded from this analysis, as the assumptions in RESFEN 6.0 diverge significantly from the norm in Hawaii. Savings for all climate zones are for whole-home replacements with ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 windows.
**Performance solutions offering an unbeatable combination of energy efficiency, sound control and value, require upgrades to triple-pane, AdvancedComfort Low-E and mixed glass thickness. Based on comparing product quotes and published STC/OITC and U-Factor ratings of leading national wood window and patio door brands.