How to tell if your windows need replacing

While modern double-glazed and triple-glazed windows are built with durability very much in mind, nothing lasts for ever. Over time, your windows are likely to degrade until they reach the point where a full replacement is essential.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the key indicators that might suggest your windows need to be replaced now rather than later.

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Difficult to operate

As your windows age, they tend to develop issues with their balance. This can be a result of rust, mould, and rot, or simply decades of use and the weight of the walls bearing down on them. The most common symptoms of window balance issues can be seen on those parts of the window that open outward or inward. If you find that these are sticking or jamming on a regular basis (particularly if you can see evidence of rust or corrosion on the operating mechanisms), it may be time to consider new windows.

Cold draughts and poor energy efficiency

A key attraction of double-glazed and triple-glazed windows is how well they keep the heat in your home or office; indeed, this is the major selling point for many of our customers. If you are experiencing draughts despite having multi-glazed windows or are finding your heating bills rising even beyond the current situation with energy prices, it could be a sign that the seals are damaged. While window seals can be repaired, the time and cost involved are often better invested in a replacement set.

Condensation between the panes

Condensation is the name given to the appearance of water droplets on your window panes. It is caused by warm, humid air meeting a cold surface, such as the glass of your windows. When this is on the outside of the glass, it’s not a huge concern (though you may want to invest in better ventilation for your property or, at the very least, a high-end dehumidifier). However, if condensation forms between the panes of glass, it means that the vacuum seal in your double-glazed or triple-glazed units has deteriorated.

Noticeable outside noise

Another major benefit of double-glazed and triple-glazed windows is how good they are at limiting the impact of outside noise. If the sound of cars going by on the road, dogs barking, and kids playing in the street has started to become noticeable to you, it could be that your windows are no longer providing the required noise insulation, which likely means a broken seal in the glass units.

Outdated design

Of course, you don’t have to have a practical flaw to justify replacing your windows. Sometimes you might just look at them and think they make your house look old-fashioned. If that’s the case, you can normally get a wide variety of exciting and aesthetically pleasing designs from your local window experts.

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If your windows need replacing for any of these reasons or more, contact Thextons today for reliable window replacements in the North West. From single window replacements to multiple window replacements across a number of properties, we can arrange a free consultation with one of our experts and provide you with a free, no-obligation quote for our services.


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