Do you have old home windows? Are they starting to show signs of wear and tear? If so, you may be wondering whether you need replacement windows or if you can get by with the existing ones for a few more years. After all, replacing the windows is a big investment.

At ProEdge Remodeling, we understand the desire to hold off on any unnecessary home renovations. That’s why we’ve put together this checklist of things that you can look for in your worn-out windows. If you find these issues in your windows, it’s a sign you need to get replacement windows installed.

Drafty Windows

When you feel a warm draft in the summertime or cold drafts in winter, it is likely coming through minute cracks in your window frames. These spots are normally blocked by rubber seals and gaskets, but the seals can dry out with age. Your windows and window opening can also shift or expand, allowing bigger gaps to form.

Cracks in the Frame

With repeated sun exposure or sudden temperature changes, your frames can slowly develop cracks where the material has grown brittle. You’ll be more likely to see splitting in wood or vinyl frames, than metal.

Peeling Paint

Another problem with the frame is peeling paint, which is also a maintenance issue. When the paint peels and cracks it can indicate that water is soaking into the frame through microcracks. Even if you don’t get window replacement, you’ll want to repaint all the frames to protect them for the future.

Sticking or Loose Windows

Structural changes to the windows and window opening that occur over time also impact how your windows will function. For instance, when wood window sashes expand with moisture they can start sticking. The mechanism that holds your windows open can also become damaged with wear and tear causing the sash to fall or simply not stay up at all.

Mold & Mildew

When rain leaks in through cracks in the window frames, the moisture can collect on your windowsills encouraging the growth of mold and mildew. This isn’t the only cause of mold, but it’s the likely culprit when your windows are in an open, well-ventilated area.

ProEdge Remodeling is a local remodeling company with expert window replacement contractors. We can help you determine if you need to replace your windows with our quality, energy efficient replacement windows. Just give us a call or fill out our online form today to get started with a free consultation.