10 Signs That It’s Time To Consider Replacement Windows | Hawaii
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Most windows last for 20 to 25 years after installation, but Hawaii’s tropical climate may shorten that typical lifespan. Severe weather and physical damage can also cause windows to wear out prematurely. Whether your windows are a few years or decades old, look out for these signs that you might benefit from replacement windows:
1. You’re looking to update the exterior of your home.
Many homes in Hawaii reflect Plantation, International, Mission, and Renaissance architectural styles. The designs of these homes tend to be timeless, but old windows may detract from their appearance, making exteriors appear dated. Today, transoms placed over doors, sidelights, and modern bay windows are among the biggest trends in windows. Even if you don’t want to make major changes to incorporate one of these features, simply choosing replacement windows of a similar shape and size can give your home an instant refresh.
2. Your windows feel hot in warm weather.
Having windows that provide insulation from hot weather is important for keeping your home comfortable year-round. If you can sense the heat outdoors when you place your hand on the glass, your windows are not doing enough. In some cases, the room may even feel significantly hotter near windows that are poor insulators. Upgrading to double-pane replacement windows will help you keep more of the heat outside where it belongs.
3. Your windows don’t pass the candle test.
Hold a lit candle next to one of your windows, stay still and observe the flame. If you notice the flame flickering, there are tiny cracks or gaps around your window that are letting in drafts. Even if you are unable to see them, these defects can make it difficult to properly control the climate in your home. New windows can help make your house feel more comfortable year-round by stopping drafts.
4. You notice visible signs of wear and tear.
Give your windows a thorough inspection, looking for visible chips and cracks along with the frames. Also, get close and examine the window glass for any hairline cracks. Visible signs of wear and tear indicate that you’re in need of replacements. New windows will help to restore the beauty of your home. In addition, damage to windows often worsens over time. If left unaddressed, ailing windows can give rise to leaks in rainy weather, leaving you with a mess to clean up.
5. Opening the windows is a struggle.
While you conduct your inspection, open and close each window. You should not have to apply a lot of force to operate your windows. If you find yourself struggling, it’s time for a replacement. You may find that some of your windows are no longer open at all due to improper paint application or swelling due to the humidity. In this case, replacement windows can save you the hassles of repairs.
6. Your window frames feel soft to the touch.
Take the time to feel the frames around your windows. They should feel smooth and hard, not soft and spongy. Ailing window frames are often a source of air leaks and can make windows more difficult to operate. In some cases, you can repair damaged frames, but the added benefits of new windows usually make it more advantageous to opt for replacements.
7. You notice condensation.
If you have double-pane windows, check throughout the day for signs of condensation and fog between the glass panes. Fog and condensation occur when windows no longer seal properly, creating space for moisture to get inside. Replacement windows eliminate failing seals and allow you to enjoy a view of the world that is completely fog-free.
8. You can hear a lot of traffic noise.
Stand by your windows and observe the street outside. Are you able to hear cars approaching and driving away? While it’s normal for some road noise to penetrate windows, you should only be able to detect the presence of vehicles when they are directly in front of your home. Replacement windows can go a long way toward reducing indoor noise pollution, which is especially beneficial in bedrooms and rooms where you gather to watch television.
9. Your energy bills keep increasing.
Air conditioning accounts for a large portion of energy bill expenses locally. If your bills keep increasing without rates rising to match, your windows may be to blame. When warm air leaks through windows, your air conditioner must work harder to keep your home at your thermostat temperature setting. The unit will run more, resulting in more electricity being used. All replacement windows can help to reduce energy costs by providing a better seal.
Energy-efficient windows can lead to even more dramatic savings. These windows are made of materials that reduce the transfer of heat while still allowing plenty of light to pass through. Options that carry the Energy Star symbol meet government standards for efficiency. Not only could these replacement windows help you save money every month, but they also make your home more eco-friendly.
10. You can see light coming through your window frame.
At night, have a family member go outside with a flashlight and walk to each first floor window, tracing the frame with the flashlight beam. Turn off the lights on the first floor. Stand on the other side of the windows and look for any signs of the flashlight shining through. If you can see traces of the beam, your window frames are not just letting light pass through, they are also allowing air to enter the room.
If any of the above statements apply to your windows, you could likely benefit from replacements. Sunburst Windows of Hawaii can help you choose the right replacement windows to boost the curb appeal of your home, provide climate and noise control and fit your budget. Contact us today for more information.