15 tell-tale signs it’s time to replace your old windows
Do you live in a period property with traditional timber windows? Have you noticed any problems with your windows such as draughts or heat loss? Or perhaps you live in a newer home that’s fitted with old 1980s uPVC windows? These may have faded, become brittle, and no longer function to the required standards.
Either way, when it’s time to replace your windows, it’s best to act fast. A seemingly small problem left untreated can quickly become more serious and costly. To help you know when it’s time to replace your windows, here are 15 tell-tale signs that show you when a window replacement is required.
1. Interior condensation (particularly in the mornings)
When the seals on your windows fail, condensation forms when cold air from outside meets interior warmth. If left untreated, this can lead to problems with damp and mould.
2. Draughty frames
If your window frames rattle and let in air, it’s time for a replacement. Draughty frames can be a security and safety risk.
3. Difficulty opening and closing
This is inconvenient, a security risk, and a sign that your windows aren’t performing as well as they should.
4. Audible exterior noise
Noise pollution can blight your standard of living. Create a calm and relaxing living area with a window upgrade from Majestic Designs.
5. Noticeable heat loss
A lot of heat can escape from a faulty window. All Majestic windows are rated A+14 for energy efficiency, helping your home retain its warmth.
6. Cold spots
Cold spots on your glazing are a sign that cold air is penetrating the window unit.
7. Rotting timber frames
Once timber begins to rot, there is little that can be done to save it. Replacement uPVC windows are low maintenance and durable, providing home protection for years to come.
8. Brittle uPVC frames
Old uPVC windows from the 1980s and 90s were nowhere near as durable as they are today. Over time they become brittle and will need replacing.
9. Faded areas on interior carpets, walls, and furniture
High performing windows should protect your home from harmful UV rays. If you’ve noticed discolouration on soft furnishings near your windows, the likely cause is UV penetration from the sun.
10. Higher energy bills
When you replace your windows with Majestic Designs, you’ll notice a significant reduction in your heating bills.
11. Dated aesthetic
Fashions and styles change. If you want to sell your home or just improve your exterior aesthetic, modern uPVC windows are stylish and will add value to your home.
12. Rusted or damaged hardware
It is almost impossible to repair rusted or damaged locks, handles, and hinges. They are an integral part of your window’s functionality and should be kept in top condition.
13. Single glazing
Single glazing can cause many problems for your home. Security, safety, and energy efficiency are the most obvious and will be rectified with an upgrade to double or triple glazing.
14. Rising insurance premiums
Insurance companies share information on property types across the UK. When you inform your insurance provider that you’ve recently replaced your windows, you’ll see a large reduction in the premium price.
15. Damp and mould penetration
Of all the signs, this is perhaps the most serious. Mould inside your home can cause health problems while damp penetration can undermine the structural integrity of your home.
Your windows are an integral part of your home. They should be maintained and replaced when necessary to keep your home in the best possible condition. For more information about replacement windows contact Majestic Designs today. Call us on 01934 741 294 or send us a message online.