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Signs That Your Residential Windows Need to Go Now

Written by Jayvee Fernandez

 

It’s not always the case that the new home you bought comes with really great windows. One of the first home improvement projects that needs your attention is getting rid of the old windows and replacing them with something new. The trick is to know if there is something that can be done to the older windows or if you would be better off ripping them out and installing brand new ones. If one or more of these signs are present, talking with a contractor about a complete window replacement is a good idea.

 

Paint Doesn’t Help

 

Your first thought is that a fresh coat of paint will make those old windows look new again. After all the scraping, the application of a primer, and one or two coats of new paint, you step back and admire your handiwork. Unfortunately, what you have is tired old windows with fresh paint.

 

At this juncture, the only reasonable thing to do is to talk with a contractor about a complete Toronto windows replacement. No amount of repair or cosmetic work is going to miraculously turn back time and make those windows look great again. They have to go and be replaced with something that really is new.

 

You’re Tired of Tussling With the Windows

 

While the windows don’t look that bad, the hassle involved with opening or closing a window is getting to be a bit much. Even after you manage to wrestle a sash upward, it comes crashing down unless you prop it up with a stick. If it’s not slamming shut, the sash is sticking and it takes all you can do to lower it again.

 

Why put up with the trouble when new windows would eliminate the problem? Once those new frames and sashes are in place, you can open and close the windows without any real effort. Best of all, the sash will stay where you want it for as long as you like.

 

The Heating and Cooling Bills Get Higher Every Year

 

No, the power company is not raising rates again. A quick comparison of your bills from the same period last year confirm that it’s taking more energy to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Considering how it’s much hotter or colder near the windows as the seasons change, the problem is not your central unit.

 

After those older windows are replaced with more energy efficient ones, the difference in your energy consumption will be significant. Some homeowners experience anywhere between 20% and 30% reductions in the energy needed to control the indoor temperature. Think of how much money you will save in utility costs over the course of a single year!

 

If you are less than happy with the windows in your home and suspect that the exterior doors are also contributing to the problem, consider the idea of talking with a contractor about what Canadian Choice Windows & Doors have to offer. Talk about the specific issues you are having and explore what those replacements would do to make things better. After discussing the matter with a contractor, you will see why making some changes now will pay off in a big way in the years to come.

 

 

About the author

Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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