Deciding exactly when to start thinking about replacement windows for your Long Island home doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all formula, per se. If your windows are starting to wear out, maybe needing more repair and maintenance, it may be time to get serious about updating your windows. To help you decide, here’s a quick guide from the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island team.
Let’s be real for a minute. Nothing – not even home windows – lasts forever. The average life of the average home window is roughly 20 years. Some windows will last longer, some won’t make it to the 10-year mark without developing air and moisture leaks, wood rot or other problems. If your windows are at least 15 years old, it’s time to start preparing for replacement.
First, realize that age isn’t the only factor that signals it is time to replace your windows. Quality parts, high-quality construction materials, professional installation and routine maintenance all play a role in how fast – or how slow – windows outlive their usefulness. Performance is a better indicator.
Single-pane windows simply cannot give the same service as high-quality double pane replacement windows, no matter how well you maintain them. And just because your windows are double-pane, doesn’t mean their high quality. You would be surprised at how many lesser quality insulated windows we’ve replaced that were less than five years old.
Wood is especially prone to moisture damage and can lead to many costly repairs unless you invest time regularly patching and repairing wood frames. Vinyl is not a structural material and can sag and cause windows to bind and sealants that keep outside weather out to fail.
Aging double-hung windows can develop problems over the years. They become unbalanced, making it difficult to raise the sash. A settling foundation may also cause single- and double-hung windows to shift; resulting in a sash that falls down.
Whether you have sliding windows, casement windows or another style, broken glass needs attention, whether it is a full replacement window, or just replacement glass. Keep in mind, replacing one pane of glass in an insulating window unit will never restore the energy efficiency because the gas or air that added the extra insulation has escaped. Look around where the window meets the siding too. Do you see any holes or cracks that can let in air and water there?
Can you hear everything that happens in your neighborhood, even with the windows closed and the shades drawn? Modern, high-performance replacement windows provide a noise buffer that minimizes road traffic and conversations in proximity to your home.
The decision to install replacement windows in your Long Island home shouldn’t be made without considering the pros and cons thoughtfully. You already know what you are living with, Here are a few benefits that homeowners may enjoy when they choose replacement windows.
#1. Improved comfort
#2. Lower heating and air conditioning bills
#3. Windows that are easy to operate
#4. Enhanced safety and security
#5. Curb appeal that adds value
And, replacement windows built with patented Fibrex frames have the added benefits of having virtually zero maintenance, and windows that are easier to keep clean and well-maintained.
How long should home windows last? Read more to find out when exactly you should start thinking about replacing your windows. We invite you to schedule a free, no-obligation in home consultation to learn more about Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Simply fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 866-609-5033.