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Signs You Need to Replace Your Window

Windows let in natural light, keep the weather out and can enhance your home's appearance. But like all parts of your home, windows will eventually need to be replaced.

Here are three main signs that you need window replacement services.

Difficulty Opening or Closing the Window

There are a few reasons why a window might become difficult to open or close. The first is that the frame has become warped due to changes in temperature or humidity. When this happens, the window no longer fits snugly in the frame, making it harder to move.

Second, the hinges may have become loose or damaged, preventing the window from opening and closing smoothly. Hinges can come loose due to poor DIY installation. Also, the window may have been opened and closed so many times that the screws no longer hold tight.

Also, the build-up of dirt and debris can make it harder to open and close a window. Over time, dirt and debris can accumulate in the window track, preventing the window from moving smoothly when you want to open or close it.

Usually, a window that's difficult to operate could be a sign that you need to replace it. So don't wait too long before seeking professional help.

Condensation Build-Up on the Inside of the Glass

When warm air hits a cold surface, such as a window in winter, it condenses into water droplets. So if you see water droplets on your windows, heat is escaping from your home. Not only is this a waste of energy, but it can also lead to mould and mildew growth. The water droplets create a perfect environment for mould and mildew to grow.

To prevent condensation, you can try to improve the insulation in your home. But if that doesn't work, then it's time to replace your window. There could be a problem with the window seal allowing heat to escape.

Excessive Noise from Outside

If you live in a noisy neighbourhood, you probably don't mind a little noise from outside. But if the noise is so loud that it stops you from sleeping or concentrating, then it's a problem.

The window may not be able to block out sound as well as it used to. It could be that the window is no longer snug in the frame, leaving gaps for sound to come through. Also, the glass could be cracked, allowing noise to enter your home. This can be a problem if you live in a busy city or near an airport.

You can try to soundproof your home, but replacement is the only solution if the window is the problem.