When it comes to redecorating, windows can often be left at the bottom of the list. While repainting the living room, fitting a new kitchen, and installing a contemporary bathroom all change the look of a house and make it feel like an entirely different home, replacing windows can feel like an unsatisfactory purchase.
However, no matter how unsatisfying it might be, it is still essential, as failing to do so could lead to damp and cold homes – a bad combination during the winter months.
So here are some signs to look out for that indicate it is time to update your windows to save your property from damage over the colder season.
– Single panes
Most properties these days have double-glazing. However, if your property still has single panes of glass, it is a good idea to swap these for the more energy-efficient models.
Properties that have not had their windows updated since the 1970s may still have single-glazed windows, so owners of period homes need to be particularly cautious of this.
There are many disadvantages of single-glazed windows, including the fact they are subpar at blocking out draughts and cold air; they allow more heat to escape from indoors; and they are not good at keeping out UV rays, leading to furniture and pictures to fade more easily.
Double-glazed windows, however, are far more energy-efficient, trapping hot air inside the property and blocking out the cold. Not only does this keep the house warmer, but it also helps to reduce energy bills dramatically as homeowners do not have to rely on their central heating so much.
– High energy bills
Another indication that your windows are not the best quality is having expensive energy bills. Even if you have double-glazed windows, they typically have a timeline of around 20 years before the materials start to deteriorate and they stop working as well.
Double-glazed windows help keep costs down as they have two sheets of glass with a gap between them that creates an insulating barrier. This gap, which is often filled with gas, helps to trap the heat.
However, if there is a crack in the glass, the air from outside can travel more easily to the indoors and vice versa. Therefore, they are no longer effective.
As well as rising energy bills, keep an eye out for cracks in the glass and draughts near the windows. These are signs that the double-glazing mechanism is not working anymore.
– Damaged windows or window frames
As careful as you try to be, parts of the house can become damaged or broken over the years, and windows are no exception to this. If you notice your window is warping or the frame is broken, this means the window is not sufficiently preventing the cold air from outside entering the building.
You might find you are able to repair the window instead of replacing it. However, if damage or wear and tear is noticeable on many of the windows, this could be the opportunity to swap your old models for fashionable sash style windows in Middlesex.
Likewise, look out for cracks in the glass panes, or condensation within the double-glazing. If you notice any misting between the glass panes, this means there is a leak and air is able to travel through the window, resulting in your house getting colder quicker.
– Noisier neighbourhood
If you never noticed any noises around your neighbourhood, but suddenly you are able to hear lots of things happening outside, this could be because your windows are not blocking out sounds as successfully as before.
New windows, particularly those with gases Kyrpton or Argon in between the double-glazing, are most effective at keeping external noise out of the home. So if you suddenly find you can hear lots more than before, it might be time to update your panes.
– Modern windows in historic home
While modern windows are more energy-efficient, they often look out of place on a historic house. Therefore, if you’ve moved into a period property that has been updated with UPVC windows, you might find it is not in keeping with the style of the residence.
You don’t have to settle for old, inefficient windows though, as there are plenty of period-style frames available these days that are also double-glazed. Modern sash windows, for instance, are successful at reducing heat loss and outdoor noise, while they also complement old-fashioned properties, such as those built in the Victorian, Georgian or Edwardian periods.