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7 SIGNS IT’S TIME TO CHANGE YOUR WINDOWS

Is it time to change your windows? Of course, replacing the windows in your home doesn’t cost exactly the same as your morning coffee, so you need to be sure they’re really worth changing. Fortunately, Portes et Fenêtres Valleyfield has the answer to your question: how to know if it’s time to replace your windows?

We’ve listed no less than 7 major clues to help you decide whether or not you should come to us for your windows. In either case, you can always come see us. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

1. Your electricity bills are rising

The first sign is an increase in your electricity and heating bill. If you believe it’s costing too much compared to your previous bills, it might be because air is infiltrating more easily through your windows, and as a result, your heating system has to work harder to keep your house warm. Furthermore, if you have single glazing (which is relatively rare in a cold country like Canada) or double glazing from the 1980s, cold drafts can easily pass through. Energy efficiency standards have evolved significantly since those years. A change would likely be in order.

2. Air drafts… Brrr!

To follow on from the previous hint, i if you walk around your house and feel drafts at any time during the day, if you constantly need to increase the temperature, if you’re always reaching for a sweater, if you’re shivering… It’s an easy sign that your windows are not insulated well enough. And if you feel these drafts more intensely when you pass near a window, it just confirms these doubts. Have your windows assessed.

3. Say no to condensation!

Condensation is often seen at the bottom or sides of windows during the winter, and that is normal. However, if the condensation is between the two panes, it’s time to do something about it. This is another indication that the seal is not perfect.

4. Having trouble opening or closing them?

After a certain number of years, window frames and their opening or sliding systems can wear out or even rust, depending on the material. This makes it difficult to open or close windows. A change may be in order.

5. Has mold appeared?

More likely in the case of windows with a wooden frame, mold can appear after several years, especially if the insulation is not 100%. In some situations, you may also notice insects such as spiders, ants, or certain woodlice. If, even worse, fungi come into play, it’s definitely time to come see us!

6. The neighbour’s music…

It is normal to hear what’s happening outside, even with the windows closed, but only if you’re near the window in question. However, it’s not normal to hear the neighbour’s party two streets away when it’s midnight. You have two choices: choose windows with better insulation or call the police!

7. Are they unsightly?

One of the best indicators to change the windows of your home is undoubtedly when you’re tired of them. Do you find your windows unattractive? Outdated? Of a questionable colour? In a state of decay? Or perhaps you’ve modified the facade of your house, and they no longer match? You decide! And we can help.

In conclusion… Is it time to replace your windows?

If your windows meet one or more of the above criteria, it’s time for a renovation and replacement. Come and see us at Portes et Fenêtres Valleyfield or call us to make an appointment. www.portesetfenetresvalleyfield.ca or 450-373-9900

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