When Should I Get Replacement Windows?
If correctly maintained, premium windows can last for many years. But, like everything else in your home, they will eventually need replacement.
When you will need replacement windows in Vancouver is subject to a few things. The top ones are the quality of your present windows, material type and how well they were installed. But the weather in Vancouver and how often you open your windows can also influence how soon they’ll require replacement.
Let’s go over a couple of the signs 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 expenses every year, depending on where you’re located.* Those savings can really build up over the life span of your up-to-date windows.
As well as helping you pay less on energy costs, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you more comfortable throughout severe winter and summer temps. 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 been awarded designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve achieved rigorous energy rules.
And our special choices only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can defend your possessions by stopping up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, depending on the coating you select.
An additional drawback of single-pane windows is that they don’t stop outdoor noise very effectively. If your house 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 at the end of their life span, they can result in more major problems than making you feel extremely hot or cold. They can also impact your energy expenses, as the Department of Energy says they lose up to 30% of your house’s heating and cooling. With the average household spending $2,060 each year on heating and cooling costs, that’s a large chunk of change.
There are some things you can do to make your windows more energy efficient, including:
- Adding weatherstrip
- Sealing air leaks
- Buying energy-efficient window treatments, including honeycomb shades
Having said that, if you’re feeling big breezes even when your windows are latched, you may be due to install new windows.
Your Windows Need Repair or Don’t Function Properly
It’s not a great sign if your window frames seem soft. This means the frame has been subject to water damage and is in the early stages of rotting, which could cause major issues with your windows. You might have problems opening, closing and locking your windows if this is going on.
Another symptom that your windows need to be replaced is condensation. Intermittent condensation is expected, such as on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. At the same time, if you’re observing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have probably 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 assist 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.