As a homeowner, it is important that you know when it’s time to buy new windows. Keeping old, inefficient windows can lead to uncomfortable winters and high utility bills.
You have leaky windows – If rainwater or melting snow leaks through your windows, it’s not helping you keep your home sealed from the elements. Check the source of the leak: if the water is coming through gaps between the sash and frame, it is possible to fix the windows by replacing the weatherstripping or adjusting the hardware. Failing that, or if the rainwater is coming through gaps between the frame and wall opening, you will need new windows soon. It should be noted that leaks should not be mistaken for condensation. The latter usually indicates an indoor humidity problem and not a leak.
You feel drafts near the windows – Another effect of leaky windows is you will feel drafts during cold days. This indicates an air leak. You may also feel hot spots in the same areas during the summer season. Investing in energy-efficient replacement windows helps reduce or even eliminate drafts. Make sure you choose a replacement window company that offers workmanship warranties as installation methods are as important to window performance as the windows themselves.
Your furniture and fabrics near your windows are fading – Ultraviolet (UV) rays from direct sunlight can fade curtains, carpets and upholstery, along with printed matter like books and magazines. To prevent this from happening, choose replacement windows equipped with glass that has low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings. It selectively blocks unwanted parts of sunlight, such as UV rays and solar heat, while allowing in visible light. Renewal by Andersen® replacement windows are equipped with High Performance™ Low-E4® glass packages as a standard feature.
Your windows are not easy to clean – It’s safe to assume that window cleaning isn’t anyone’s favorite chore. Traditional materials like wood require frequent scraping and repainting, and uncoated glass tend to become cloudy over time. Certain window styles are also hard to reach around, making complete cleaning very difficult or even dangerous when you consider second-story windows. Fortunately, Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are designed for easy cleaning: the Fibrex® material frames only require minimal washing. The High Performance Low-E4 glass packages feature exterior metal oxide coatings that prevent water spotting. Lastly, the window sashes can be tilted open, removed or reached around for easy and safe cleaning from the indoors.
Renewal by Andersen Midwest is your leading provider of replacement windows. Give us a call at (866) 997-8537, or fill out our contact form.