Is it time to change your windows? Of course, replacing the windows in your house doesn’t cost exactly the same as your morning coffee, so you have to be sure that they are really due to be replaced. Fortunately, Portes et Fenêtres Valleyfield has the answer to your question; how do i know if my windows need to be replaced?
We have listed for you no less than 7 major clues that will allow you to know whether you should come and see us for your fenestration or not. Either way, you can always come and see us. It will be a pleasure for us to answer your questions.
Your electricity bills are increasing
The first sign is the increase in your electricity and heating bill. If you think it costs too much, compared to your previous bills, it may be that the air is seeping more easily through your windows and your heating system must therefore work harder to keep your house warm. Also, if you have a single glazing (which is rare in a cold country like Canada) or double glazing dating from the 1980s, cold drafts pass more easily. Energy efficiency standards have evolved significantly over the years. A change would surely be in order.
Air currents … Brrr!
To follow up on the previous clue a bit, if you walk around your house and feel drafts at any time during the day, if you are always forced to increase the temperature, if you are constantly on the putting on a “little wool”, if you have chills … It’s an easy sign that shows that your windows are not well enough insulated. And if you feel these drafts more intensely when you walk by a window, it just confirms those doubts. Have your fenestration evaluated.
No to condensation!
Condensation is often seen on the bottom or sides of windows during the winter and is normal. On the other hand, if the condensation is between the two glasses, it is time to fix it. This is another indication that the seal is not on point.
Do you have difficulty opening or closing them?
After a number of years, window frames and their opening or sliding systems may wear out or even rust depending on the material. It therefore becomes difficult to open or close windows. A change may be needed.
Molds have appeared?
More plausible in the case of windows that have a wooden surround, mold can appear after several years, especially if the insulation is not 100%. In some situations, we may also see insects such as spiders, ants or some woodlice. If, even worse, fungi are involved, it’s time to come see us!
The neighbor’s music …
It is normal to hear what is happening outside, even with closed windows, but only if it is near the window in question. However, it is not normal to hear the neighbor’s party two blocks away when it is midnight. You have two choices; opt for windows with better insulation, or call the police!
Are they ugly?
Perhaps one of the best indicators for changing the windows in your home is when you are tired. Do you find your windows ugly? Overwhelmed? Of a questionable color? In decrepitude? Or have you changed the facade of your house and it no longer matches? It’s up to you! And we can help you.
If your windows meet one or more of the above criteria, then it’s time to renovate and change them. Come see us at Portes et Fenêtres Valleyfield or call us to make an appointment. www.portesetfenetresvalleyfield.ca or 450-373-9900