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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Window

By August 29, 2023Home Improvement, Windows

“Just when to replace windows can seem a bit unclear. Let us set the record straight.”

Eyes may be a window to the soul, but windows themselves are a conduit through which light, warmth, and delight pass into our homes.

As such, our windows deserve the utmost care and attention. They serve a grand purpose, but when they stop functioning as intended, it’s time to consider replacing your old windows with new ones. Just when to replace your windows can seem a bit unclear.

Leave it to the professionals at Americraft to take care of all your replacement window needs. We’re a local window replacement company here in Texas. We can install new replacement windows in your home, which come in various pane sizes, styles, and features.

Here are five signs it’s time to replace a window:

Outdated Style

Unfortunately, all windows have a lifespan. They weren’t meant to last forever.

The glass panes of the windows made before 1969 might have high concentrations of toxic materials like lead, which is dangerous for the health and well-being of your family. Old glass also had a wavy texture, making it difficult to see.

The frames of your windows could be covered with lead-based paint. They also might be going out of style. Look at the other houses around you for ideas on what kind of windows are in fashion.

Seal is Starting to Crack

Visible damage, such as cracks or leaks in the sealant, is a surefire sign that your window needs to be replaced. Eventual window damage is inevitable. UV rays will degenerate windows, as does gravity itself. Gravity causes misshaping.

Window seals are rubber strips you must push against to close the window.

Cracks can lead to cold or warm drafts getting into the house. If you use a central cooling or heating system, drafts are guaranteed to raise your energy bill.

Difficult to Open/Close

If it’s difficult to open or close your window, it means it’s warped. While gravity can be responsible for long-term warping, hot-to-cold-and-back temperature fluctuations are mainly accountable for warping.

If your window can’t lock securely, it’s a safety hazard. You want your window to be able to keep your family safe. Trying to get a window unstuck could cause physical injury from overstraining or life-threatening injury in case of broken glass.

Fortunately, we offer window replacement services at an affordable cost.

Reduce Noise

Ambient noise is generally a function of how thick your window is. 

  • Single-pane windows have the least insulating material and offer the least sound protection. 
  • Double-pane windows have two panes of glass and one vacuum or gas between them.
  • Triple-pane windows have three panes of glass and two vacuums or gas between them.

The more panes of glass, the more protection from unwanted noise. If you have a single-pane window and struggle with unwanted noise, consider upgrading to double or triple-pane windows.

New window installation or replacement windows should be a serious consideration for you.

Visible Moisture

If you have a double or triple-pane window, and you see moisture in between the panes of glass, you have a problem. That means the seal has broken, and either the gas has leaked out or the vacuum has filled with air containing water molecules.

Just like a cold beverage will “sweat” outside on a hot day in a humid climate, a single-pane window will naturally have condensation on the inside if the outside is hot.

But double and triple pane windows are designed not to allow moisture into the space between panes of glass. If you have these styles of windows and they have water you cannot access, it might be time to replace windows.

When It’s Time, it’s Time.

If you decide it’s time to repair or replace a window, contact a professional at Americraft. Whether that’s just a matter of repairing a seal or replacing an entire window, we are here and ready to meet your needs.

We are design-oriented and install for longevity (so you don’t have to pay us to come out again), with a strong focus on high quality.

Our Texas contractors know how to be quick, professional, and quality-driven. We want your windows to shelter you from the Texas heat for many years to come. Whether you need to replace one window or a whole house of windows, we have you covered.

We are proud to serve the communities of South Texas yesterday, today, tomorrow, and for many years to come.