How To Know When To Replace Your Windows

Take a look at our brief guide on when to replace your windows, as well as a few tips to consider when choosing replacements!

It can be pretty challenging to know when to replace your windows, which is why we’ve put together a brief guide on signs to look out for, as well as essential factors to consider when choosing a replacement.

The installation of new windows provides an array of benefits for homeowners, especially if you’re looking to reduce energy bills, improve the insulation within the home, and add not only value but better thermal performance throughout. Here are the key signs you should look for when deciding on new windows.

How To Tell If You Need New Windows

It’s important to note that knowing when to replace your windows is paramount. If your existing windows are only suffering from a loose handle or need repainting, these are minor issues that don’t necessarily impact the window’s overall performance. These problems can be fixed by a window specialist or even yourself if you consider yourself a keen DIYer! When significant issues start to arise, it’s strongly recommended that you replace them  as soon as possible to avoid higher costs in the long term.

1.Are your windows drafty?

Drafty windows often mean that your energy bills are much higher because you’re heating up rooms within the home, only for the heat to escape through the windows and the cold to sneak in. If you still feel a breeze when the windows are closed, this could be due to faulty seals, poor insulation or even a faulty locking mechanism. If the seal around your windows fails, it can be challenging to achieve good insulation without racking up your energy bill every month. It’s estimated that around 30% of a property’s heat is lost through poor performing windows. Make sure to double-check that they are fully closed, and there’s nothing jammed in them - keep your eyes peeled for apparent issues. The last thing you want, especially in the winter season, is for your heating system to work twice as hard to battle the cold.

2.Are your windows leaking?

Another sure-fire sign that you need to replace your windows is if they are leaking. If you start to see a build-up of condensation on the inside, this can seem like a minor issue to begin with, as all you need to do is wipe it away with a cloth, but it can become very persistent. However, it also means that you’ll end up with mould growing on the inside of the frame, which can be damaging not only to the aesthetic appeal of the window and your room but also to your health. 

These issues can occur through poor installation or if the window seals have failed. Once this happens, the insulating gas used to make the window energy efficient is also gone. They can be incredibly difficult to repair, and you might be looking at expensive quotes that aren’t worth it. The most cost-effective solution would be replacing the window and installing it with a trusted, reputable window installer. 

3.Are your windows difficult to open, close, or lock?

If your windows have become difficult to open, close or even lock, this could be down to various factors, including rotting, rusting, poor installation and warped frames. The number one thing for any home is ensuring that the home is safe and secure. Windows that cannot lock compromises your safety and makes it easier for potential burglars.

A common issue for uPVC windows is warping. Although it’s a material that can warp in hot weather, it should contract when it cools. If this isn’t the case and happens regularly, the frame will not perform as it should, resulting in long term issues. It’s also worth noting that timber windows use engineered timber, guaranteed not to stick, warp or twist. In addition, timber has a much longer lifespan than any other material, including uPVC.

uPVC lifespan = 16-18 years.

Timber lifespan = 60-80 years.

4.Is your home soundproof?

Modern windows are now packed with innovative technology and features that make a huge difference to your home. If your house is located on a busy road, you most likely have to deal with traffic. If you can hear the noise from the outside when your windows are fully closed, this is a problem (and an annoying one at that!).

Your windows should provide maximum protection from the noise outside, but if it doesn’t, it’s most likely down to cheap, poor performing windows, or they haven’t been sealed properly. For new windows, make sure you look for double glazing or triple glazing, as this will be extremely helpful in reducing noise, and you can enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. The frames themselves are often over looked with regards to sound transmission. UPVC and Aluminium are generally hollow and therefore sounds can resinate through the frames (even though the glass is vacuum sealed). Timber is solid and filled with air pockets so far more able to reduce sound transmission (particularly important if you live near a busy road or airport).

What You Need To Consider When Choosing Replacement Windows

New replacement windows are designed and manufactured to be more energy-efficient, so by choosing wisely, you can save a bit of money!

1.Consider the advantages of each material.

The main types of materials for windows are timber and uPVC. As we mentioned earlier, their lifespan is quite different, as timber lasts significantly longer, but it’s often more expensive. uPVC windows offer various style and design options, you’ll find that timber is a naturally insulating material.

Depending on your budget and what style windows you would like, we recommend researching online to determine prices and what is within your budget.

2.Double or triple glazing?

Glazing options are essential to consider when deciding on new windows. Replacing windows for your home is already a big investment, and you want to do it right so that they add value to your home and they perform well for years to come.

The difference between double and triple glazing is that double refers to 2 panes of glass, and triple refers to 3 panes of glass. Double glazing should be chosen, without a doubt, but if you live on a busy road where the noise is often too loud, triple glazing might be the more beneficial solution.

3.Find a trusted installer

You need a professional installer to fit your new windows, and it’s wise to conduct research and do your homework so that your windows will be installed to the highest standards. We recommend asking for local referrals from your friends, family or neighbours. Additionally, ensure they have insurance and offer solid warranties and guarantees. This is because it provides a layer of protection to your investment.

About Dale Joinery

At Dale Joinery, we pride ourselves in creating the ultimate timber window and door for you. We carefully source all parts of our frame and only use the best materials to guarantee product security, quality and longevity. If you’re interested in our sustainable timber windows and doors, please get in touch or give us a call on 0800 030 2222. Download our digital brochure or request your physical brochure online for more inspiration.