5 signs it is time to replace your windows
July 31, 2021
Many homeowners never wonder about the state of their windows until a problem arises. At this stage, the repairs are often costly, and the entire process becomes lengthy and arduous.
One of the most noticeable problems is a drafty window. Your home should feel comfortable all year round. If you notice a temperature change when near a window, it might indicate a draft problem. To verify, hold up a tissue close to the frame: if it doesn’t remain still, you might have warped frames or seals that have worn off. Drafty windows mean that you are letting the outside air in, which could lead to mold and mildew buildup in your home. It also means that your heating and cooling units are working overtime to regulate your home’s temperature, resulting in a higher energy bill and a sizeable carbon footprint. By replacing your window with one of our NFRC certified opening systems, your home becomes much more energy-efficient, and your energy costs will be reduced significantly.
Do you often notice traffic noises or dogs barking on the street? If these types of sounds seem louder than usual, it might mean that your windows are poorly soundproofed. The noises you hear point to an insulation problem. Either your seals are damaged, or the windows are of poor quality. Our windows are engineered to reduce outside noise and are completely weatherproof. We hold all the North American certifications (CAN/CSA, NAFS, AAMA/WDMA, A440-00) that show how exceptional our products are.
There are many reasons why your windows might show condensation. If you have warm air inside your home and the window is cold, you will notice condensation. Some condensation is normal, but there are telltale signs when there is a problem. If you have double or triple glazed windows and notice condensation, fog, or frost between the panes, that means that the seal has broken and that the insulating gas has escaped. In such cases, insulation is no longer possible unless you replace your windows. We only use quality EPDM seals because of their high resistance to extreme weather changes. Plus, Alumalco windows are ENERGY STAR® certified, making them significantly more efficient than others.
Single pane windows
Without a doubt, single-pane windows are the source of many problems. They offer no insulation, so the temperature inside your home will be the same as outside. That means that your home is losing a lot of energy and that your carbon footprint is much larger than it needs to be. The initial investment in double or triple glazed windows might seem daunting, but you will quickly notice savings on your energy bills. Also, replacing single-pane windows with quality ones increases the overall value of your home, making it a sound investment. Our experts can guide you through our many customizable options to find the best solution for your home.
Many reasons could explain why a window could be difficult to open or shut: temperature fluctuations, paint, warping, quality issues, installation issues, etc. When windows don’t open and shut with ease, a simple task like letting in some fresh can become frustrating. Faulty operation is not only a nuisance but also a safety issue. Every window in your home must have fully operational windows in case of a fire or any other emergency. A properly functioning window will also include a locking system to keep you safe and increase energy efficiency. Our windows come equipped with a 7-point perimetric lock mechanism to keep your home and your loved ones safe.
If any of these warning signs sound familiar, it might be time to update your windows. Our knowledgeable team of experts is ready to help you find the best solution for your home.