How Often Should You Replace Your Windows?

Published on: May 24, 2023

Windows require replacement every 15-30 years. But severe weather events or poor craftsmanship could shorten the life of your windows. Instead of worrying about a specific timeline for your windows, you should watch for these signs that’s time to replace your windows.

Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Windows 

No house is complete without windows. They provide the room with natural light and ventilation. They also add character to a home and can help make a room feel larger.

However, they don’t last forever. Here are some that it’s time to meet with a window contractor near you.

1. Damaged, Warped or Broken

The repair might be the best option for the windows requiring weather-stripping or hardware. But a warped, damaged, or broken window sash or frame requires expert replacement. While you might not see warping or damage, a clear sign that something isn’t right is when you struggle to open, close or lock the window. 

And if the window doesn’t close properly, it leaves you susceptible to break-ins and other security hazards.

2. Fogged Glass

You’ll see this most often with double or triple-paned windows. It happens when moisture is trapped between the panes. Often the moisture comes from a hole that is so small you can’t see it.

And no matter how hard you work, you can’t clean the fog off the window. Not only are these windows somewhat drafty in most cases, but they pose risks to your walls by letting moisture in and causing severe damage. 

You might be able to get by just replacing the window glass and not the full window just yet. But if your windows are already 10 or more years old, it’s probably better to replace the entire window for cost-effectiveness.

3. High Energy Bills

Take some time to compare energy costs with neighbors who have a similar home size. If your energy bills are significantly higher, review ways you can reduce your energy consumption, such as unplugging small appliances when you are not using them or lowering your home’s temperature in the winter or increasing it in the summer by just a few degrees.

If you still find that you’re paying higher-than-average energy bills, it’s time to consider new windows. Modern windows offer a tight seal that keeps heated or cooled air inside your home and outside air out. That way, you don’t spend more money on energy bills to keep your home comfortable.

Older windows do not have the same energy-efficiency technology as modern windows. And, as windows age, they can develop small holes where air can leak in and out. You can also opt for coatings that protect your home from harmful UV rays to reduce furniture fading and keep your home at the temperature you like.

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4. Drafty Rooms

You might not see how much your windows are costing you in your energy bills. Instead, you might just favor various rooms of your home where the temperature tends to be more consistent and comfortable. That’s a sign that you have drafty windows.

When you notice changes in the inside temperature near windows, it tells you that the window frames are likely decaying or breaking down to the point where they can’t protect your home like they used to. You might see signs of moisture on your walls around the windows or experience that hot or cold sensation when near the windows. Regardless, it’s time to call in an expert to see if window replacement could help.

How Often To Replace Your Windows

5. You’re Completing a Remodel

When you think of your windows, you likely think of their ability to allow you to see the beautiful outdoors. What you might not consider is how they add to or detract from the overall appearance of your home – both inside and out.

If you’re remodeling your home and will have contractors on-site already, consider requesting a free quote for whole-home window replacement. While you might not like the concept of adding to your home’s remodel budget, you want your investment to truly add curb appeal and functionality to your home. And more than likely, it will cost less to replace your windows now while you have a team working at your home than it will do it later.

6. The Windows Are Detracting from Your Curb Appeal

If you drive up to your home and the first thing you see is dingy old windows, it’s probably time to replace them. You might not notice the changes in your windows, but if they are unsightly, there is likely more that’s going on that you can’t see. And the longer you wait to replace your windows, the more damage minor moisture could cause to your home.

7. Soundproofing

Homes that are close to a highway or the city require superior soundproofing to make the home more enjoyable to live in. Installing windows with triple panes or Argon gas can help reduce how much outside noise you hear when you are inside.

The Importance of Professional Window Replacement

Window installation is not a do-it-yourself project for the average homeowner. Who you hire makes all the difference when replacing windows in your home or business. Here’s why it matters who you hire to replace your home’s windows.

  1. Ensures optimal window performance
  2. Protects you from liability in case of accidents
  3. Offers the greatest energy efficiency from your investment
  4. Keeps moisture and condensation out for clear window views and protection for your foundation
  5. Reduces the likelihood that you’ll need window repair
  6. Often includes a better warranty than low-quality window installation

When hiring a window contractor, be sure to ask questions about the following items to protect yourself and your investment in new windows.

  • Tell me about your licensing and insurance.
  • Can you itemize the estimate so I know more about what I’m paying for?
  • Outline the project timeline and what disruption I should plan for during the renovation.
  • What windows or manufacturers do you recommend and why?
  • Tell me about the window warranty and workmanship warranty.
  • Will I need a permit for this project? And if so, who handles obtaining the permit?

2FL Windows, Siding, and Roofing is a team of professional window installers. Our team can handle upgrading various aspects of your home at once to get the curb appeal you’re looking for. 
The vinyl windows we install come with a lifetime warranty because of their ability to resist water intrusion. Our installation services have received outstanding ratings from Business Bureau, Yelp, Google, and HomeAdvisor. Experience the quality workmanship and customer service you can count on from a skilled team of professionals by calling 2FL today at 253-243-8377 or requesting a free estimate through our website.



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  4. Anna Collins says:

    I was doing general cleaning last weekend when I noticed that the fogged-up windows in my living room wouldn’t be wiped clean by a simple rug, so I was wondering what to do about them. I’m thankful that you informed us about how this usually occurs when the condensation gets trapped between the panes of the window due to an opening or a hole. I’ll be sure to take note of this and call a window company to get a replacement done as soon as possible.

  5. Elina Brooks says:

    It’s a good thing you brought up how window replacements are one of the most essential changes when remodeling a home since this will help us save money on energy bills and improve our curb appeal. Coincidentally, I was planning to remodel our house next month, starting with the living room. I might just consider getting new ones once I find a window company to hire for the installation soon.

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