Unlike most other parts of your home, it’s pretty easy to tell if your windows or exterior doors are in dire need of a replacement. You might see chipping paint, streaks across the glass and maybe hinges and locks rusted shut. Sometimes, however, the signs are not that obvious, and failing to recognize these subtler signs leads to efficiency losses that only get more expensive every day.
Here are a few telltale signs your windows and doors need replacement and how to spot them before they become worse.Physical Signs
With proper maintenance and barring unfortunate accidents, replacement windows and doors will easily last decades, but if you know yours are nearing the end of their lifespan, you have to take a closer look at their physical state. Are they showing any visible signs of wear and tear like cracked surfaces or warped panels? Feel the air around them as well. Are they letting in drafts when they previously didn’t? These clues all point toward one solution: it’s time to replace them.Performance Drops
When windows and doors lose their energy efficiency, you’ll usually notice a gradual rise in your monthly heating and cooling bills. The airtight seals and weatherproofing are no longer as efficient as they were, and some of the insulating gas between the glass panes may have already escaped. You can save more money on energy bills by getting ahead of the problem and replacing the faulty units right away.Recent Changes
Of course, it could also be that you’ve undergone a major exterior renovation that calls for a door and window replacement as well. New siding and roofing can often make old designs look out of place, and you’ll be glad you made the change to keep your curb appeal consistent and beautiful.
Trust Renewal by Andersen® of Des Moines for all your needs in replacement windows and doors. Give us a call at (515) 209-3000, or fill out our contact form to schedule an in-home design consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Ankeny and nearby places.