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Posted on Jan 28, 2019 by Sam Heer

How to Determine When You Need to Replace Your Windows

Deciding whether you need to replace your existing windows or patio doors, or simply just have them repaired is a common point of confusion for many homeowners. What exactly are the factors that determine if a repair or a replacement is necessary? There’s a lot to consider when making this decision, and it takes professional experience, skill and training to answer the question.

This is why Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois compiled a simple guide. We hope that it can help you get the ball rolling and lead you to a decision.

  1. Age – Check the ages of entry doors and windows. These fixtures are often built to last so there’s a chance your doors and windows weren’t even made in the same decade. Normally, windows can last up to 20 years. If yours are older than that, get a replacement right away.

  1. Visible Damage – If your windows are younger than the usual service life, check for any visible damage. These include cracked panes, broken sashes, warped frames, fogged glass and a lot more. Breaks in the weatherproofing seal should also be noted. Any of these greatly diminishes the efficiency of the window and could lead to much higher energy consumption.

If you are unsure about the extent of the damage, you can enlist our help at Renewal by Andersen to inspect your windows for signs you may have missed. Minor blemishes such as slight chipping of the paint, small scratches, rusted hinges or even missing latches can all be easily repaired. For everything else, a replacement is necessary.

  1. Storm Season – Have you had any major storms recently? Extreme weather conditions are a potential hazard to doors and windows. While a storm door can protect your door from superficial damage most of the time, windows are a little more exposed. If you’ve had a hailstorm, thunderstorm or any natural disaster that you suspect have caused some damage, consider calling a professional for a full assessment. They can help you determine whether a replacement is needed.

Our professionals are more than happy to help you find the solutions to all your door and window problems. Call Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois today at (866) 693-6707 for a free in-home consultation. We serve Peoria, Champaign, Bloomington, IL, and all nearby communities.


"I would recommend RBA of Central Illinois for QUALITY windows and doors. Compared to our old cheap, thin vinyl windows, Andersen blows them away. You can easily tell by how well the sliding doors fit and close, and how heavy duty they are. We also cannot hear the wind rushing through the house in inclement weather anymore! And the black window frames we went with are amazing to look at. Aaron, Al, Darrell, and Cory all were professional and went all out to finish the job, given the weather they had to deal with. I would definitely recommend. They were also on top of communicating with me given the weather delays, and what I could expect for them coming out. Five stars!"

Eric L.

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