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When to Replace Your Windows

Most residential windows have an average life span of between 15 and 20 years. Of course, the window material, brand, installation, and even maintenance can play a role in the longevity. There are signs other than age that will indicate when you should replace your windows. However, chances are when your windows are nearing the 20-year mark, then it is time to start thinking about replacing them. New windows will provide a plethora of benefits.

Top Signs That it is Time to Replace Your Windows


  1. Age
  2. Drafts
  3. Condensation
  4. Stuck Windows
  5. Sagging Frames


Age is not the only factor to consider, but age is a good starting point in your decision-making process. Windows over 15 years old often feature outdated technology. Old windows are much less energy efficient than their newer counterparts. Often a factor in high heating and cooling costs. If you are unsure how old your windows are, there are other telltale signs that it is time to replace them.


If you feel warm or cold air coming from your windows it is time to consider window replacement. Drafting windows is often a sign that either the seal or the installation is failing. Drafts are caused by air gaps and can also allow pests a way to enter the home.


Condensation between window panes is a sign that the window seal has failed. This allows for the insulating gas to escape and renders the window, basically, ineffective. Wipe the area to find out if the condensation is between the window panes. If the condensation wipes away, you may not need new windows just yet.

Stuck Windows

If your windows are hard to open and close or get stuck, it can often be caused by the installation. When a window is not square, fastened improperly, or has other installation issues, it often culminates into operational malfunctions. Don’t get stuck with windows that don’t work. Replace them.

Sagging Frames

A sagging frame is a sign that the window needs to be replaced. A Sagging frame can lead to drafts, condensation, poor window operation, and more. If you notice a bow in your windows or the frame is sagging, it is time to think about new windows for your home.

Benefits of New Windows


  1. Increased Curb Appeal
  2. Energy Efficiency
  3. Rebates
  4. Increased Home Value
  5. Warranty

New windows will provide several benefits for you and your home! As trends and customer preferences evolve, window options and styles also change. More options are available now than ever for window color, style, and frames. New windows are sure to increase the curb appeal of any home. Advanced technology in windows and window manufacturing means a more energy-efficient home. Increased home values and available energy rebates mean new windows are more affordable than most people think while providing excellent value. The warranties provided for new windows often provide peace of mind beyond just a great product. If your windows show one or more signs that it is time for a replacement, give Valentine Roofing a call!