When you think about energy efficiency and your home, windows are usually at the top of the list. However, is there any way you can know for certain that your windows are on their way out? Deteriorating windows and doorframes are easy to spot, if you know the top signs. Before you start calling Nashville windows contractors, take some time to do your own home inspection.
Have you begun to notice a buildup of condensation on your windows? Most people are inclined to think this is normal, especially when it is extremely hot outside and extremely cool inside. However, frost or condensation on your windows is actually a sign that there is a too-quick transition from one temperature to the other, meaning it is time to find some new windows.
Look around the exterior of your home; is there significant peeling paint in the area close to your windows and doors? A window or door that is not sealing properly can allow moisture to penetrate to the exterior of your home, resulting in excessive peeling paint. Alternatively, you could be dealing with expanding and contracting windowsills, which is common in older homes. In either case, you will want to consult with professionals about the best course of action.
When inspecting your windows check the frames, inside and out for evidence of rotting wood. If the wood is rotting around your windows this is a clear sign water is making its way in from somewhere. Now, this could be the windows themselves, which are not sealing properly but it could also be an indication that you have roofing problems. Check the eaves and soffit as well if you find significant rotting wood.
Really bad windows can allow a significant draft in your home, this will be most apparent in the winter time when temperatures outside plummet. Many times, you will have to investigate a bit to find air leaks around your windows or doors. Go through your home and extinguish any pilot lights on stoves, furnaces or hot water heaters. Next, close every exterior window and door, and then turn on all the exhaust fans in the house. This will depressurize your home. Take a lit incense and wave it around your window and doorframes looking for the distinct pull on the smoke.
Are you windows difficult to open? Have you noticed extreme heating and cooling bills? All of these are definitive signs you are in need of updated windows. There are a variety of energy efficient windows on the market today at varying price points, choose the windows that best serve your physical and financial needs.