When Should I Get Replacement Windows?
If correctly maintained, premium windows can last for decades. But, like everything else in your residence, they will sometime need to be replaced.
When you will need replacement windows in Victoria is subject to a few things. The most important ones are the quality of your existing windows, material type and how well they were installed. But the weather in Victoria and how routinely you open your windows can also impact how quickly they’ll require replacement.
Let’s discuss some of the indicators that it’s time to replace your windows.
Your House Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the lowest-priced model, they’re notoriously inefficient. If you upgrade from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on heating and cooling prices each year, depending on where you live.* Those savings can really build up over the life span of your updated windows.
Besides helping you pay less on energy expenses, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you comfier through extreme winter and summer temps. Keeping your family comfortable and helping you save money on heating and cooling costs matters to us at Pella of Victoria.
That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, like insulated windows. You can upgrade your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to reduce heat transfer. Some of our windows have earned designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve achieved thorough energy rules.
And our special selections only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can shield your belongings by stopping up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, based on the coating you choose.
Another drawback of single-pane windows is that they don’t stop outdoor noise very efficiently. If you live in a busy area, check out our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows provide an unbeatable blend of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Creating Comfort Troubles
When your windows are wearing out, they can cause more major troubles than making you feel too hot or too cold. They can also impact your utility costs, since the Department of Energy says they discharge up to 30% of your residence’s heating and cooling. With the typical household spending $2,060 annually on heating and cooling costs, that’s a large chunk of change.
There are some updates you can make to increase your windows’ energy efficiency, like:
- Installing weatherstrip
- Closing air leaks
- Installing energy-efficient window treatments, like honeycomb shades
However, if you’re feeling large airflow even when your windows are shut, you may need to get new windows.
Your Windows are Damaged or Don’t Open Correctly
It’s not a positive sign if your window frames are feeling spongy. This means the frame has received water damage and is in the early stages of rotting, which may result in major issues with your windows. You could experience problems opening, closing and locking your windows if this is going on.
Another symptom that your windows need to be replaced is condensation. Some condensation is common, like on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. Having said that, if you’re noticing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have potentially failed.
In either situation, you should begin preparing to replace your windows soon.
At Pella of Victoria, we specialize in designing custom windows that complement your house and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our professionals are here to assist you every step of the way. Contact us at 250-475-1277 today to get started.
*Source 2015: D+R International in support of ENERGY STAR. Savings estimates are based on RESFEN 6.0 modeling of eight home profiles across 93 U.S. Cities. Home profiles include new construction or existing construction, single-story (1,700 square feet) or two-story (2,600 square feet), and natural gas or electric heating. Savings estimates for each city represent the average of the eight home profiles in that city. Climate zone savings estimates represent the average savings among the cities in each climate zone. Cost savings calculations used 2013-2014 average natural gas prices and 2012-2013 average electricity prices from each state from the Energy Information Administration. Actual savings will vary by local climate conditions, utility rates and individual home characteristics. Hawaii was excluded from this analysis, as the assumptions in RESFEN 6.0 diverge significantly from the norm in Hawaii. Savings for all climate zones are for whole-home replacements with ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 windows.
**Performance solutions offering an unbeatable combination of energy efficiency, sound control and value, require upgrades to triple-pane, AdvancedComfort Low-E and mixed glass thickness. Based on comparing product quotes and published STC/OITC and U-Factor ratings of leading national wood window and patio door brands.