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5 Signs It's Time To Replace Your Windows

1. They’re damaged, warped, or broken

It’s sometimes possible to repair a window instead of replacing it. If your window’s problem is minor, such as needing new weatherstripping or hardware, a repair might be the best option. But replacing a damaged, warped, or broken window sash or frame is almost always preferred to attempting a repair. Do your windows fog up? Are they drafty? Do they stick when you try to open or close them? Do they refuse to stay open? If your windows are communicating in those ways, they’re telling you to replace them.

2. You want to reduce your energy bill

Windows provide some heat in the winter by letting in sunlight. But drafty windows can cause your energy bills to be about 10% to 25% higher, according to some studies. Replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones can reduce your heating and cooling bills. Bonus: If you’re considering listing your home for sale, those new windows — and the resulting energy cost savings — can be a big selling point.

But don’t assume all windows are the same; it’s important to consider your specific needs. One factor? Your location. In a cold, sunny climate like Alberta it's likely to be a greater effect on your home's energy bill than it would be somewhere in the caribbean.

3. Your home needs a makeover

Windows are one of the most prominent features of a home, and if they look worn, your house will too. Look to see whether the color is fading or the window material is warping, or whether old screens or storm windows detract from the curb appeal of your home. Design considerations are a close second to quality when selecting new windows, and the overall vision or design theme of a home or space should be a driving force in the window selection process.

While you’re upgrading your home’s appearance, you might also wish to change the type of window from a fixed sash to a window that opens. This way, you can create a more comfortable interior and improve airflow through your home. Another option? Install larger windows to increase a room’s natural light, which has aesthetic and health benefits: According to the Lighting Research Center, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort, plus help regulate your circadian rhythms for better general wellness.

4. You just survived a severe storm

If you live in an area prone to severe weather events, you’re probably prepared for the possibility of damaged windows. In fact, just living in Alberta can do a number on your home’s exterior, including your windows. Wind storms are a significant cause of damage, and over the years it can take it's toll on your windows.  Make sure to inspect your windows for signs of damage after these types of events.

5. You’re renovating a historic home

Maybe you moved into a historic home that suffers from vinyl replacement windows that detract from the home’s historic charm. The wrong window can dramatically change the overall look of a historic home and can even interfere with its integrity. If your goal is to install historically accurate replacement windows and a company that can handle custom requests should be your go-to.

Edmonton Elite Glass offers quality custom glass solutions to the good people of Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Leduc, Fort Saskatchewan, Devon, Ardrossan, Edmonton and surrounding areas.

Whether you need replacement windows, custom shower installations, or mirrors for your home or business, we will get the job done right.