When to Replace Your Windows
Now that summer is officially here we can turn our outdoor living space up a notch! Fire up the grill, entertain on the deck, or just relax with a book in a cozy hammock between a couple of oaks. But as the weather heats up and your air conditioner works to keep your house cool, you start to notice condensation on the glass. Can your windows be saved? Or is it time for a replacement?
First you’ll want to inspect your windows for rot or decay. The interior seal may have failed or deteriorated due to sunlight and weather exposure. Check for air leaks, sunlight leaking through or inability to open and close the windows properly. These are all signs that your windows may need replacing. If you’re not quite sure, bring in a contractor for some professional advice. In-home consultations are typically no charge and will ease your mind regarding safety and energy loss concerns.
If you still have single glazed windows, they could be causing you to lose up to 20% of your home’s heat. With electric baseboard heat being as expensive as it is, a window upgrade will give you a great return on your investment.
Add Value to Your Home
There are other perks to getting new windows as well. In addition to improved energy efficiency, new windows add value to your home and increase soundproofing ability from noises such as traffic, nature and neighbours.
The sunny days of summer also make for a convenient time to change your windows. On average, a window replacement project takes about a day but will depend on how much trim work and cleanup are needed. Unlike a kitchen or bathroom renovation, this type of project doesn’t usually last more than 2-3 days. With your new windows installed, you’ll have plenty of time to get back to camping, cooking or catching some rays.
For more information on upgrading or retrofitting your windows, give us a call. We’d love to give you some ideas for your window replacement.