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There’s no doubt that Tampa has a growing population and plenty of new developments that line the city. With so much going new development in progress, it may seem hard to believe that some of these homes may need modernization upgrades. This is especially true for older historic homes in Tampa. So, how can you tell when to replace your windows? Window World of Tampa’s home improvement experts are here with some telltale signs that your windows are past their prime.
Old windows in your Tampa home are more than an eyesore, they could be costing you money every month. As windows age, they become less effective at protecting your home from the elements. If your windows are over 15 years old, replacing them will increase your home’s comfort levels, lower your energy bills and provide superior protection from the elements.
Visible damage on your window frames or a broken window is a definite sign it’s time to replace your windows. A damaged window frame is more likely to break completely, which leaves your home vulnerable to more serious damage. This can be an even higher risk for houses in Tampa, with hurricanes frequently hitting Florida. Always get a damaged window fixed as soon as possible to avoid more costly repairs later on.
If your windows are drafty, you’ll feel air coming in even when your windows are closed. If you can feel air coming in, that means the heated or cooled air from inside your home is escaping to the outside. That means your energy bills are probably higher than they should be, which we’ll discuss more below.
If you’re not quite sure if your windows are drafty, there is an easy test. On a breezy day, close your windows and carefully hold a lit candle to one of the seams of your window. If the flame bends, you have a draft.
If you’ve noticed an increase in your monthly energy bill with no other explanation, your windows may be to blame. When heated or cooled air escapes through drafty windows, your HVAC unit has to work harder and/or longer to compensate and keep your home comfortable. Replacing old windows with new energy-efficient ones helps lower your energy bill and lets your HVAC unit work more efficiently.
Condensation inside your window is a sign that the insulation on your windows isn’t as effective as it should be. (It’s important to note that condensation on the outside of your windows is not a problem. It simply means the temperature outside is humid and slightly warmer than your window’s glass.)
If you notice condensation on the inside of your windows, it typically means your home is humid and/or your windows are leaking air. If you have double-pane or triple-pane windows and notice condensation between the panes, it means the air-tight seal has failed and the insulation is no longer able to do its job. Either way, condensation anywhere except the outside of your window is a sign it’s time to replace them. If you’re a Window World customer, your products are covered by our lifetime warranty. Just contact us and we’ll take care of your windows!
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If your decor has faded much faster than you expected it to, it may be because your windows aren’t offering the protection offered by modern windows with low-E glass. Low-emissivity (low-E) glass is treated with a microscopic film that keeps UV rays from passing through. This prevents your furniture, carpet and curtains from fading, but it also helps keep your home cooler.
It’s no doubt that sometimes older windows may become harder to use. This can especially be the case in a place like Tampa, where the ocean is right at your doorstep. It may be as simple as adding a lubricant to the window, but that will only work for so long. If you tried to move debris and add lubricant to your windows but it’s still difficult to open or close your windows, it may be time to replace them.
While a window doesn’t make a home soundproof, they are one of the first lines of defense when it comes to dampening outside noise. Whether you live near a highway or near loud neighbors, upgrading your windows to modern energy-efficient technology can help you dampen unwanted outside noises.
Curb appeal can be an important part of a home for some. Whether you want to spruce up your home to modernize the look or to flip your home, replacing your windows can help with potentially increasing your curb appeal. Our windows are highly customizable, with plenty of options for colors and grid patterns to make your home unique!
No matter how much you may love your home, you never know what the future holds. Should you sell your home in the future, you’ll want to get the most value out of your property. With replacement vinyl windows installed, you stand to add an additional $13,766, on average, to your home’s total value per Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs Value report.
If your windows have seen better days, it’s time to upgrade them! At Window World of Tampa, we have a variety of window styles, including impact-resistant windows for an extra layer of protection against hurricanes. Contact us today to learn more about our product lines and to schedule your free consultation!