Even with proper care and maintenance, windows will inevitably require replacement. As a homeowner, it’s important for you to recognize the signs that indicate if you need new windows. Your local replacement windows and patio doors company Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois discusses the signs that indicate you need new windows.
Your Windows Are Warped or Damaged
Windows that are noticeably warped or damaged should be replaced as soon as possible. Warped sashes that don’t sit flush with the window frame will allow air leaks. This defeats whatever insulation your windows may have, and allow heat loss during cold days, as well as heat gain during warm days. Consequently, this increases your home’s indoor heating and cooling requirements, resulting in higher energy bills. If the frames are in good shape, consider an insert window installation, where only the sashes are replaced.
You Have an Ongoing Renovation
A major renovation project would call for new entry doors and replacement windows. If you are keeping the same window sizes, you can choose to have the sashes replaced as previously described. New sashes and trim can make your new windows fit with the rest of the house design, which gives you more flexibility. Note that insert window replacement many not be suitable if the window frame or wall opening has structural issues that need to be addressed first.
You’ve Just Survived a Storm
Most people focus on roofing damage after a storm passes, but other parts, such as the windows, need to be checked for damage too. Even unnoticeable hairline cracks can result in leaks that eventually affect the window’s energy efficiency. In addition to a roof inspection, have a window contractor inspect your windows to determine if repairs or replacement should be done. If your homeowners’ insurance includes coverage for damaged windows, it would be best to have all requirements—including a quote for the repair costs—are included.
Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois is the company to call for all your replacement window needs. Give us a call at (866) 693-6707 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Champaign, Peoria and Bloomington, IL.