Windows are awesome to have when it comes to natural light but they can be a real “pane” when you have to replace them. This is especially true if they are awkward sizes, or can’t be easily accessed from the exterior of your home, or have window screens on. But replacing windows can be an annoying process—So here are some tips for when a random baseball decides to pull a literal break and enter into your home.
Obviously, if your window is no longer a window, but several pointy shards of glass on your lawn or inside your home, it’s probably time to get a new window. Other key signs include the window warping, or if it’s damaged in some other way like chips and cracks. If you see other signs near your windowsill like dampness or moisture, or bugs wandering freely between the indoors and outdoors (despite the window being closed) it’s probably time to replace it. The seal on your window may be broken and needs to be resealed or the entire frame may need to be changed out.
This is no time to go “full Dad” and try to replace the windows yourself. Because poorly installed windows can not only lead to the wood around them rotting from moisture, but can even reduce the structural integrity of your home—ask for professional help. Not only can they recommend the best replacement window for your home, they’ll also be able to properly install them quickly and efficiently.
How much you want to pay for windows should ultimately come down to how long you plan to live in your current home. Planning on leaving in the next five years? Going with cheaper windows might be a better option. Is this the home you’re going to raise your kids in? Buy brand name higher-end ones—you’re going to want them to last. More expensive windows will also typically have more weather protection as well, which may be something to consider if you’re in an area that has more extreme weather.
Unfortunately, most windows are not a one-size-fits-all sort of installation. On top of that, you’re going to want to search for functionality while browsing as well. Look into how simple it would be to clean the windows and window screens—if it’s difficult to do that, consider other window models.
Look into investing in energy-efficient windows if you’re planning on staying in your current home for an extended period of time. Even if you’re not it might be worth it to replace your home’s windows with them since they can offer huge energy bill savings on heating and cooling (plus add value to your house). Aside from doors, windows are the primary way heat is gained and lost in your home (even more so if you have any sort of additional holes from some kind of mouse highway).
A key component of any home, windows are important. If you have every intention of spending more time living in your current dwelling, they should be considered a top priority to replace when it comes time.