4 Things To Know Before Replacing Windows

Dalmen Pro Advice on Window Replacement

Part of home ownership is to see what you can clean, fix, or replace around your home. When you have the free time, take a careful look at your windows as well. If you notice drafts from the sill, cracks in the glass or frames, or trapped moisture between panes, it may be time for replacement windows.


1. Inspect for Cracks, Rot, and Other Damages

Noticeable wear and tear usually means that it may be time for a replacement. Cracks in the glass would be the first thing to look at. Cracks contribute to indoor temperature, and cracked windows are especially not great if you are going to put the home on sale.

Likewise, if wooden frames show signs of mold or even rot, replacement is required to stop destructive moisture from penetrating your walls. Moisture also leads to mold and other bacteria build up, so it is a good idea to avoid it altogether.


2. Are the Windows clear?

The main purpose of windows is to be able to view the world around you while letting in natural light. If the visibility of your windows is not what it used to be, they may need to be replaced.

Check for trapped moisture between window panes, this often causes fog like film that makes it hard to see outside. When condensation builds up in this area it means the vacuum seal has failed, which can lead to moisture buildup. And of course, moisture could cause rot.


3. Check the Frame

Moisture buildup can cause warping of the frame and sill, which, as mentioned earlier, could lead to rot and even mold build up. A warped frame could lead to further damage as you open and close your windows.

Consider checking the construction of your window pane as it can be difficult to tell if you have single or double pane windows. By looking at the window from the side, you will be able to see how many panes you have. Many older homes still have single pane windows which are less effective at temperature regulation for your home. Consider replacing them with double pane for a warmer winter and lower heating bill.

If you’re not sure how to check, you can always get a professional opinion from Dalmen Pro!


4. Temperature Checks

When checking the panes, take note of the temperature near the window. It is colder near your windows in the winter? Can you feel a draft or even see snow sneak through cracks of loose frames? There may not be immediate damage, but these may be signs that your windows need replacing. Installing more effective windows will keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer.

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