How do you know if it’s time to replace your windows? Some warning signs will tell you.
Check if some rooms are colder than others. Drafts coming from leaky windows could be the culprit. Here’s one way to find leaks: close all the openings in your home, and light an incense stick near your window. The smoke should drift towards the source of the draft, if there are any.
Condensation on the window glass is a sign it’s too humid inside. Turning off the humidifier and wiping your glass should fix the problem. But if the glass is still foggy, your window’s sealing might have failed.
Double-pane windows are filled with argon, a non-toxic gas that can block heat. If the sealing is punctured, argon will leak out while moisture will flow into the space between the panels. Once it has infiltrated your window, moisture condenses and fogs up the glass.
The leaking of argon can even cause parts of the glass to collapse. Distortions in your reflection are a sign part of the glass is warped.
Keeping Track of Your Roof’s Lifespan
Most of the aforementioned signs start to appear once your windows near or reach the end of their lifespan. The standard window can last 15 to 20 years on average, although irregular maintenance can shorten their lifespan.
How Important Is the Window Frame’s Material?
The window frame won’t last long if it isn’t suited to the climate. Take the Midwest, for example. Abrupt shifts in the temperature can add strain to the window frame and cause cracks to form. If you’re living in this region, we recommend installing Fibrex® windows.
Fibrex, a mix of reclaimed wood fiber and thermoplastic polymer, can handle extreme temperatures and is twice as strong as vinyl. This material is unique to Renewal by Andersen® windows.
Looking for window contractors near me? Renewal by Andersen Midwest customizes each Fibrex window according to your needs and preferences. To schedule a free consultation with one of our design experts, call us at (866) 997-8537, or fill out this form.