Moving can be an exciting, stressful process full of ups and downs. The house hunt can feel long and frustrating. Finding your dream home is exciting! Negotiating on the home is intimidating. Closing the deal on your new home is satisfying! Packing up and moving all your things — exhausting.
So when you move into your new home, you probably don’t want to think about whether or not the windows need to be replaced, but it’s important that you do. If the windows are old and in need of replacement, you could be spending more than you bargained for in the upkeep of this home. In fact, it’s best to recognize the signs of windows that need to be replaced before you buy so you can consider the cost of replacement windows in your negotiations.
Here are a few signs that your new Milwaukee home might need replacement windows.
Windows shouldn’t really make any noise at all, especially not rattling. If your window is especially prone to rattling, this could mean that the glass is loose in the frame, that the sash is loose, or perhaps the window frame has warped away from the home. Some of these things might be repaired, but if you have an issue of warping window frames or damaged glass, you may be better off just installing replacement windows.
Take note of how it feels when you walk past the window. Is there a drop in temperature? Stop and hold your hand out in front of it. Do you feel any air coming in? You shouldn’t. If you do feel air leaking in, that spells bad news for your indoor temperature control when cold weather seasons settle in. It also means your utility bills will probably be quite high in this new house, unless you have replacement windows installed.
If the seal on a double-paned window is broken, the view through the window glass may look a little distorted, as the two panes collapse in on one another. There might also be a build-up of dirt and grime, which creates a filmy appearance that doesn’t wash off when it’s wiped down. If this is the case, you definitely have an issue of a window with a broken seal, and there’s little you can do but have a replacement window installed in its place.
If you think of it before you make an offer on the home, ask the seller when they last had replacement windows installed. If they have had the windows replaced while they lived in that home, ask what material the window is made with. Windows can last anywhere from 15-20 years to over 40 years, depending on the quality and materials. But if the seller has lived in the house for several years and never replaced the windows, that might be a sign that you will have to.
Didn’t ask about replacement windows before you moved? Don’t worry. Homesealed Exteriors in Milwaukee offers high quality replacement windows with expert installation. Here you can find energy efficient vinyl or wood windows from Okna and Hi-Mark. Contact us today for more information or a free quote.