If your windows stay foggy and dirty, even after you clean and wash them, it's probably time to replace them. The glass, grilles, and other parts of your windows can deteriorate or age with time. These problems can weaken your windows and prevent them from protecting your home. Here's why it's time to replace your home's windows and how you can do it.
What's Wrong With Your Windows?
As your windows age, the seals between the glass and frames can loosen up or degrade. Condensation can build up between the glass when it rains or when you use your cooling system. The condensation makes your glass appear dirty, cloudy, and unkempt.
Beetles and termites can eat holes in the stiles, sills, sashes, and other wooden structures of your windows. Moisture can allow mold and mildew to grow along the surfaces of your windows' wood. Moisture can also rot the wood over time, which causes pieces of wood to chip and fall off the windows.
If your windows deteriorate too much, they may not lock properly. Criminals can use your windows to access your home and belongings. The changing weather can also cause significant problems for your home. Your home might feel drafty and cold during the winter, or hot and humid during the summer.
Now that you know why it's important to replace your windows, you can go ahead and do so.
How Do You Install New Windows?
Although it's possible to replace your own windows, it's better to have a contractor do it for you. A contractor will need to check the walls supporting your windows for water damage. Water damaged walls won't provide the support and stability your new windows need to stay safe. If a contractor does find any major issues, they may suggest that you repair them ahead of time.
After you secure your walls, a contractor will remove your old windows and replace them with new windows. You can choose the same type of windows for the installation or something else. If your old windows are outdated or unavailable, a contractor will recommend using energy-efficient windows or Low-E windows.
Once you have your new windows installed, keep them clean and dry. If you see moisture on the frames of your windows, remove it immediately. Also, have a window contractor inspect your windows regularly for damage.
If you're ready to replace your windows now or in the future, contact a window installation provider today.