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When Do I Need To Replace My Windows?

You expect your windows to look beautiful, offer ventilation, promote low energy bills, and give you a clear view outside. If your windows fail to do any of these things, it could be time to replace them.

Consider the life span of different window materials and four signs to look for when determining when to replace your windows.

How Long Do Windows Last?

The life span of the average window depends on several factors, including what material it’s made of, how many panes it has, and the manufacturing quality. Keep these general guidelines in mind:

  • Vinyl windows should last 20 to 30 years, with minimal maintenance required.
  • Wood windows can last 30 years or more, but they have higher maintenance needs.
  • Fiberglass windows typically offer at least 30 years of service and don’t require much maintenance.

Signs You Should Replace Your Windows

Windows with minor or cosmetic damage can often be repaired. Another economical option is to replace just the glass in a cracked window. However, if the seal is broken or the window has deteriorated in other ways, you may be better off with a full-frame window replacement.

Here are the signs that you should work with a trusted window installation contractor to replace your windows.

Limited Operation

Are your sliding windows difficult to operate? Have your seldom-used wood casement windows fused shut? Do your double-hung windows fall closed unless you prop them open?

If any of these scenarios sound familiar, take it as a sign that you should replace your windows. After all, unreliable window operation affects your ability to ventilate your home and could become a safety hazard if you need to evacuate.

Low Energy Efficiency

The chance to lower your energy bills is a big reason to buy new, energy-efficient windows. Signs that your current windows are inefficient include:

  • Uncomfortable drafts in the winter
  • Glass that feels warm to the touch in the summer
  • Single-pane construction
  • Rattling noises on windy days
  • Improper installation
  • Noise pollution from outside

Foggy Glass

Double-hung windows have two panes of glass in a single frame. A cushion of air between them guards against heat loss, making the window more efficient.

However, if the seal fails, the window will accumulate moisture, leading to condensation between the panes that can’t be wiped away.

Poor Curb Appeal

From outdated grille patterns or frame colors to warped or rotten wood frames, a window that misses the mark aesthetically can bring down your curb appeal and home value.

Whether you’re selling soon or plan to stay put for another decade, replacing your windows will make your home the talk of the neighborhood.

Choose APCO for High-Quality Window Replacement

Expect a more beautiful, comfortable, and energy-efficient home once your window replacement is complete. When in doubt about the condition of your windows, seek a professional opinion and replacement estimate from APCO.

We have served Franklin County residents since 1962. Our family-owned company is known for quality products and services, installing high-end products from Marvin Windows and Jeld-Wen Windows that stand the test of time.

We’ll explain all your options and help you make the best decision for your needs and budget, with no fancy sales gimmicks or pressure.

To schedule a window replacement estimate in Columbus, OH, contact APCO online or call (614) 254-5489 today.



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