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How to Tell if Your Windows are Suffering This Winter

Many homeowners are not sure when to replace windows, doors, or roofing. In fact, most tend to put off the investment until there is a major problem such as a leak or other damage. Starting a home improvement project in a crisis situation can leave homeowners making hasty choices and having a poor experience.

You can avoid damage and an emergency situation by investing in replacing your home’s windows when they begin to show signs of distress. The winter season is a great time to take a closer look at your windows to determine if replacement is the best option come early spring. Here are a few things to look for to determine if your windows are suffering.

Your windows are more than 10 years old
Old windows are not effective windows, plain and simple. If your windows are more than 7 years old, you are already missing out on energy saving technology that is readily available in new windows. If your windows are more than 10 years old, you are likely seeing higher energy bills.

Your windows are frosting on the inside
Chicagoland weather brings plenty of ice, snow, and frost. However, these elements should be staying outside the home. If your windows are frosting or icing on the inside of your home, you are in need of a replacement.

The area near your windows is colder than the rest of the home
A sure fire way to know if a window needs to be replaced is to check for drafts. Blustery winds are meant to be outside, but with old windows or defective seals, those winds can sneak inside leaving your home feeling less than toasty warm.

There are cracks in the trim or seal around your window
Old windows often mean old framing and seals. If you are noticing cracks in the trim surrounding your windows, you would be wise to invest in new windows sooner than later.

Are you ready to explore your window options? When you have time to make careful choices, you can feel confident in your design decisions. You will love your new windows, and your neighbors will too. Give us a call to find out why we have been serving homeowners in the western suburbs for more than 80 years.