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If you’re looking to improving the appearance and effectiveness of your existing windows, there are tons of options to consider if you want to . You can go for simple, low budget easy fixes such as replacing weatherstripping or installing window films or you could splurge and opt for solutions that require you to replace the entire window with a new one. More often than not, homeowners make their decision without actually understanding their options or evaluating the outcome, which can be improved energy efficiency and cost savings, or even the age of the existing windows.

 

You don’t have to wait until they’re completely shot before you start to consider a replacement, as it will be worth the investment if you get a good replacement done by a professional. Check your window warranty and see if there are some simple fixes you can make that will replenish your existing windows. If you discover that you need a complete replacement and your warranty is over, you will need to start looking into replacements. But don’t be hasty, here are some signs that you actually need a complete replacement:

Cracked Pane or Frame
A chip can be fixed with weatherstripping or just hardware replacement. But if your frame or pane is warped, broken or is damaging the window, it should be replaced. Not only is it unattractive, but can compromise the efficiency of the insulation, siding, and heating or air conditioning. Cracks can also bring unwanted bugs and other pests.


Fogged Glass

This is usually only a problem with double- or triple-paned windows because condensation gets trapped between the windowpanes, usually from conspicuous openings or holes. A regular double-paned window is not as efficient as an air-filled one. So once it begins to leak, you should consider replacing it.


Soft Frame
For wooden windows, excess water and dampness can extra cause the windowsill to rot on the outside of the house. If the wooden sill feels soft to the touch, it might be time to consider replacing the entire window and frame on the exterior. Even if you don’t notice any other defects on your windows, the window is likely to start breaking down soon.


Stuck
Continuously opening and closing your windows creates small grooves that, with time, the stress can cause cracks to the frame. Depending on how severe these cracks are, they may cause the door to stick while opening and may be an indicator that your windows need replacing.


Drafty
The only time a window should let air in is if it is opened. But if there are cold drafts getting into your home through other openings besides the vents, even after weatherstripping a few times, it may be time to get new windows installed.


Energy Bills
Your whole utility bill goes towards heating and cooling your home. If you notice your energy consumption increasing, it is possible that your windows are the problem. Replacing old, drafty, windows can result in savings in your energy costs.

Makeover
If you notice signs of aging windows, you should decide whether or not to fix your existing windows or replace them. Get an expert to help you evaluate and make your decision. But if you’ve had the same ones as the last millennium, you should definitely replace them to enjoy the benefits of recent window technologies.

 

Replacement windows in Syracuse add significantly more value and more functionality to your home without detracting from the look and feel of it. If you’ve decided that replacement windows are for you, get in touch with us today so that you can start looking for the perfect modern windows that will complement your home’s historic charm.