Generally windows have a lifespan of around 30 years or so. This usually guarantees that you as a homeowner will have to replace your windows at least one time. Trying to determine if the windows need to be replaced is hard because a lot of what may be wrong will not be visible. You should inspect your windows once a year or so and check this short list of things that may be wrong.
The glass is the most obvious and visible thing to check when determining if the windows need to be replaced. By checking for cracks in the molding you will be able to tell if the window is leaking. There are instances where the molding does not appear cracked, but will still leak. A warped window pane can be the cause of high energy cost or leaks. The warped window will also cause leaks due to weakened glass.
After you check the glass you need to check the weather stripping inside of the window frame itself. If the weather stripping appears brittle and breaks easily, it may be time to replace the window. If you see cracks in the weather stripping, this is a sure sign that you have a leaky window that needs replacing.
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Testing the functionality of the window is important in determining if replacing a window is necessary. If the window does not open and close easily, this is a sign that the frame is warped due to weather damage. A warped window will eventually turn into a leaky window that will cost you a lot of money in repairs.
If you find yourself in need of window replacement be sure to call Jim’s Glass on 131 546. It is never a good idea to try and install the window yourself because it can be dangerous, arduous work.
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