Signs that your windows need to be replaced, Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 on our series on “Signs that your windows need to be replaced”

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. (Windows in a coastal city like Charleston, SC, might age faster than they would in Los Angeles, CA, for example.) If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced.

Your home needs a makeover

Windows are one of the most prominent features of a home, and if they look worn, your house will too. Look to see whether the color is fading or the window material is warping, or whether old screens or storm windows detract from the curb appeal of your home. “Architects and builders know that good design is critical for the longevity of a structure. Design considerations are a close second to quality when selecting new windows, and the overall vision or design theme of a home or space should be a driving force in the window selection process,” he adds.

While you’re upgrading your home’s appearance, you might also wish to change the type of window from a fixed sash to a window that opens. This way, “you can create a more comfortable interior and improve airflow through your home. Another option? Install larger windows to increase a room’s natural light, which has aesthetic and health benefits: According to the Lighting Research Center, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort, plus help regulate your circadian rhythms for better general wellness.

Signs that your windows need to be replaced, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 on our series on “Signs that your windows need to be replaced”

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. (Windows in a coastal city like Charleston, SC, might age faster than they would in Los Angeles, CA, for example.) If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced.

You want to reduce your energy bill

Windows provide some heat in the winter by letting in sunlight. But drafty windows can cause your energy bills to be about 10% to 25% higher, according to Energy.gov. Replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones can reduce your heating and cooling bills. Bonus: If you’re considering listing your home for sale, those new windows — and the resulting energy cost savings — can be a big selling point.

But don’t assume all windows are the same; it’s important to consider your specific needs. One factor? Your location. Deluxe offers a wide range of energy-efficient options and can tailor your windows to best suit your climate,  Insulating glass is standard in all Deluxe windows, along with thousands of options that meet the Energy Star Most Efficient designation, the highest standard for efficiency for the program.”

Signs that your windows need to be replaced, Part 1

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. (Windows in a coastal city like Charleston, SC, might age faster than they would in Los Angeles, CA, for example.) If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced.

Here’s what to be on the lookout for.

1. They’re damaged, warped, or broken

It’s sometimes possible to repair a window instead of replacing it. If your window’s problem is minor, such as needing new weatherstripping or hardware, a repair might be the best option. But replacing a damaged, warped, or broken window sash or frame is almost always preferred to attempting a repair. “Even if the windows are still operable, they can develop problems,” says Viny Guida, Senior  Manager  at Deluxe Windows. Do your windows fog up? Are they drafty? Do they stick when you try to open or close them? Do they refuse to stay open? If your windows are communicating in those ways, they’re telling you to replace them.

How To Know if Your Roof Shingles Need Replacing

if you experience a leak in your roof that trickles into your attic and ceiling, you probably need new shingles. You may need a unnamednew roof. The average asphalt shingle roof last from 20 to 25 years. Shingles that curl up along the edge, buckle, or appear to be detached from the roof should be replaced immediately. Look at the slope of the roof from a distance. Try to spot missing shingles, especially in the valley area of the roof where water runs off into rain gutters.

Homeowners are never encouraged to climb onto their roof. This is dangerous work for anyone who does not have the proper safety equipment.

Storm Damage to Roof Shingles

You may have granules from the roofing material falling into your rain gutters after a heavy storm. This is an indication that your roof shingles should be inspected by professional roofing technicians. You may need several shingles in one area replaced while the rest of the roof is in good condition.

Branches from trees that land on your roof can also damage shingles. This may be a small job in an isolated area of the roof, but it should also be repaired immediately. It is a far more serious problem when a tree or several branches fall on the roof. Don’t try to remove branches or debris from the roof yourself. This is a job for professionals.

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