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22 AUGUST 2023

How to Tell when Windows Need Replacing

Do your windows not open or close right? Energy bills through the roof? Are they an eyesore? Windows play a vital role in your home, providing natural light, ventilation, and a connection to the outside world. Recognizing the signs that your windows are due for replacement can save you from potential headaches and help maintain your home's comfort, safety, energy efficiency, and value.

So, when is it time to replace your windows?

Signs Your Windows Need Replacing

High Energy Bills

One of the most common reasons homeowners opt for window replacement is to improve energy efficiency. If you notice a significant increase in your energy bills or feel drafts near your windows, it could be a sign that your windows are no longer effectively insulating your home. Newer windows often feature advanced insulation technologies, such as double or triple glazing, low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings, and gas fills between panes, contributing to better energy efficiency.

Visible Wear and Tear

Over time, windows can show visible signs of wear and tear. Cracked or rotting frames, peeling paint, and warped window sashes indicate that your windows no longer function as they should. These issues can compromise both your windows’ functionality, as well as the beauty and safety of your home.

Difficulty Operating

Windows that are difficult to open, close, or lock pose safety concerns and can be frustrating to deal with. If you find yourself struggling to operate your windows or notice that they no longer stay open on their own, it's time to consider something better. Modern windows have user-friendly features like easy-to-use locks, smooth operation mechanisms, and even motorized options.

Condensation and Moisture

Condensation between windowpanes or on the interior surface of the glass can indicate seal failure. When seals break, moisture can enter between the panes, leading to foggy windows that obstruct your view and reduce insulation efficiency. If you notice condensation or fogging, it's a sign that your windows' seals have deteriorated, and you should look into replacing your windows.

Noise and Comfort Issues

Your windows should bring the light in and help keep the noise out. If the outside noise is too loud, your windows might not be providing proper sound insulation. Newer windows are designed with insulation features that significantly reduce outside noise, keeping your home quieter and more comfortable.

Outdated Style and Curb Appeal

Your home’s curb appeal matters. Not only for your own enjoyment but also for potential resale value. Unfortunately, outdated or mismatched windows detract from the overall aesthetic of your house. Replacing your windows lets you upgrade to a style that complements your home's architecture and enhances curb appeal.

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Above: vinyl window (left) compared to Infinity window (right)

Benefits of Replacing Your Windows

If any of these signs are too familiar, it’s probably time to replace your windows. Quality windows aren’t always the cheapest, but they have many benefits.

  • Improved Energy Efficiency: Preventing heat loss during winter and reducing heat gain during summer leads to lower energy consumption and, subsequently, reduced utility bills.
  • Easy Maintenance and Durability: Older windows often require regular maintenance and can become difficult to open, close, or clean. Modern windows are designed with easy care, featuring materials that resist warping, fading, and corrosion.
  • Increase Home Value: Window replacement is an investment that can yield impressive returns. Modern, well-designed windows enhance your home's curb appeal and value.
  • More Natural Light: Old windows — especially vinyl — hinder the amount of natural light in your home. By replacing them with larger, more modern windows you can flood your interiors with sunlight.
  • Noise Reduction: If you live in a noisy neighborhood or near a busy street, new windows with soundproofing features can significantly reduce external noise.

The Infinity Difference

Recognizing the signs that your windows need replacing is step one. Now it’s time to find something better. Infinity from Marvin harnesses the strength of Ultrex® fiberglass to create beautiful, durable windows that bring new life to your home. Infinity windows are built to fit your home and come with a variety of glass options to suit your needs. And they’re installed by local independent experts who know the style of your home and your community. All with a Limited Lifetime Warranty that ensures purchasing your windows is a decision you only have to make once.

Contact your local Infinity partner for a free, no obligation consultation and estimate.


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