Preventing Condensation, Stopping Drafts and Other Challenges With Windows

Windows are the eyes to a house's soul – if your windows are big and beautiful so too is your home, but they can also include a range of challenges as well. With sub par windows, you can look forward to a drafty home with high heating bills. Similarly, there are also moisture issues – for example, if you don't seal the space between your double panes securely enough, you will get a build up of condensation. Having lived in old houses and having helped choose the windows for new houses, I'm familiar with a range of challenges associated with windows. If you want tips and ideas, you've come to the right spot. Please, explore and enjoy.

5 Ways To Tell It's Time For Window Replacement


With the exposure to harsh weather, your windows can deteriorate over a long period. This affects their performance and appearance. Fortunately, window replacement offers an opportunity to improve your home's curb appeal, energy efficiency, and security.  

Here are some signs that you need new windows.

1. High Energy Bill

You can open the windows in hot weather to let in the cool breeze. This reduces your reliance on the AC system and saves money. Damage to the window frame and glass panes reduces the windows' energy efficiency, leading to high electricity consumption.

Heat gain during summer strains your AC while heat loss in winter forces the HVAC to work overtime to keep the indoor space warm. Energy-efficient replacement windows solve this problem by reducing energy wastage. The best window systems come with strong frame materials and double or triple-pane glass to reduce heat gain or heat loss.

2. Faulty Mechanism

If you always have problems closing or opening your windows, it's time to consider window replacement. Common problems with traditional wood windows include jamming and sticking. Metal rust or wood rot can also cause lock mechanism malfunction. For more reliable windows, replace the traditional wood-framed ones with fiberglass infinity windows. These systems mimic the look of traditional wood windows but withstand the elements better.

3. Poor Lighting

Your windows play an important role in lighting your home. With time, you might notice problems with the glass panes which reduces the direct light coming through. Things like window condensation between double glass panes can cause moisture leaks in the window. As such, the sweating panes of glass won't allow natural light into your home. This is a good reason to consider new windows.

4. Frame Decay

The effects of harsh weather on the materials affect wood and metal window frames. Look for wood rot, metal rust, chipping, dents, and other forms of damage when you inspect your windows. If you note extensive window frame damage due to rot or rust, talk to a window installation professional for replacement.

5. Leaky Windows

Well-maintained windows won't allow air entry through the frames once you close the unit. If you notice a draft when you close the windows, this is a sign of a damaged seal or gaps/cracks on the frame. Leaky windows affect your home's energy efficiency and increase your electricity bill. To solve the problem, shop for new windows.

Functional window systems make your home comfortable, secure, and energy-efficient. If you notice these signs of window failure, look for a reliable window replacement contractor in your area and make your home better. They can provide more information regarding new windows.


7 June 2021