Investments for Replacement Windows can be costly for a homeowner. However, it should be known that this investment is something that is best made before any issue regarding the window installation fails suddenly. Homeowners should be aware of the signs that indicate that the fitting is slowly giving way. As long as it is caught early on, a person can reduce the chances of experiencing major problems that can much more expensive than a simple window replacement job.
Over time various features of a home especially in areas that experience a lot of foot traffic or usage is likely to experience wear and tear at a faster pace than other areas of the home. Degradation of the window’s performance is a clear indication that it requires replacement. In areas that experience climates that are harsh like hail, heat, and ice formation, quality and performance dips low. The age of the installation will likewise exhibit some problems such as air or heat leaks that force the AC or heater system to work doubly hard. The buildup of moisture in windows is another indication that the window insulation is failing.
Changes in the Utility Bill Charges
Windows can in fact be blamed for utility bills that have been slowly creeping up. Windows that are single pane and with age are particularly to blame since they offer an insulation rating that is very poor. To reduce the loss of energy, homeowners need to invest on a window replacement. Triple or double panel thermal pane windows are an ideal option. When paired with appliances that are energy star rated, homeowners can see a significant change in their bills to the normal rate or sometimes much lower.
UV rays of the sun can cause damage to the materials and fabrics found around the home. Furnishings, flooring, rugs, curtains, etc. tend to get damaged just as easily as the human skin. Upholstery and carpeting that is exposed to the sun’s rays often can be the most badly damaged since the rays can fade and bleach colors. Window replacements that offer low E coatings can act to reflect these harmful rays and therefore work on protecting the home and its contents that are often affected by sun exposure.
Emergency Exit Routes
Many homeowners do not consider the need for all windows in the home to be a completely functional exit route. Part of home improvement projects should involve the consideration of making a large percentage if not all windows as useful escape routes. Windows that do not function correctly, or fail to open can prove to be a hazard particularly during an emergency situation. Homes with old windows that do not cater to this need should be updated with newer window installations so that the occupants can escape with ease if the need arises.