Posted on March 15, 2016.
You're in your kitchen, your office, or your living room when suddenly you hear a crash. A small baseball rolls at your feet. You trace the ball back to a broken window with shattered glass on the floor and a sheepish kid standing outside with a baseball bat. You know it's time for a window replacement. But what about the problems that don't come delivered with a baseball? Sometimes there are less obvious reasons to replace your window.
Has your heating or air conditioning bill gone up with no obvious reason why? Check your windows. They can account for 25 percent of heat loss in homes. You may find gaps between the window frame and the wall. This allows for air or heat to escape. While some issues may require simple replacement of weather-stripping around the window edges, you may have deeper structural problems that could require a lot of time to fix. A full window replacement may be the better option. Installation from a qualified professional may nail all potential air problems and save you a ton of money in the long run.
Then you have the windows that just refuse to open at all. These can suffer from any number of problems. Sometimes paint have gotten between the sash and the frame. However, if the sash and frame are warped, perhaps from the house settling, it may be time to invest in a new window. Perhaps you need a different window type for easier opening. A window with a tilt-in glass may be what you're looking for. This will also help if you need to clean your window. Windows that are hard to clean can also be a problem, and you'll want a window that you can easily clean on both sides of the glass.
There's nothing wrong with regular upkeep of your home. But maintenance should never be time-consuming or difficult, and that includes your windows. A nice window replacement could save you money, not to mention peace of mind.