Windows are an integral part of our home and have a huge impact on the comfort of our home and the cost of our bills. There comes a time when you will need to replace your double glazed windows, but you’ll need to know how to tell when that time comes around. Read on for more information.
Your windows are like any other aspect of your home. They need to be cared for and maintained in order to lengthen their life and to give you the best value for your money.
If you don’t look after your windows properly, they will deteriorate at a faster rate. This could affect the value of your home, as well as the quality of life you experience within your home and the amount of energy you use to heat and cool your living spaces.
To work out the current state of your windows there are a few things you can do. The steps you can take will be detailed in the next section.
How to Identify Problems within your Double Glazing
Identifying the issues with your current glazing can help you see how severe the problem is as well as which windows need replacing. Some people choose to only replace damaged windows, especially if they can find ones that look the same as their current windows. This can help you save on cost and time, whilst still improving your home.
Perform a visual Inspection
The first step for testing your double glazing is to visually assess the state of your windows. You will need to look on both sides of your windows where possible. This way you can evaluate both panes of glass individually. This may not be possible for windows on the second floor.
What to look for:
When carrying out your visual inspection, you want to look for the following things.
- Water Leakage
- Fogged Windows
- Cracked or Broken Panes
If you notice that water is leaking through your window, it most likely means that water is getting around the edges of your window. This could mean that the windows weren’t fitted tightly and securely. If this is the only issue you are having, it could be repaired by a professional.
If your windows appear to have fog or condensation in between the panes, it means that the sealing on your glazing has been broken, damaged or compromised. It is most likely the case that you’ll need to replace the window.
Cracked or broken panes need to be replaced and cannot be repaired.
Do Your Windows Work?
Another way to test your windows is to check if they are actually doing their job correctly. If you are feeling a draught, spending more on heating, or finding that outside noise seems louder than it should – your windows are in need of replacing.
As the point of your windows is to perform well and keep your energy bills low alongside other benefits, replacing them is important.
Need Advice? Contact a professional
If you are still unsure about whether or not it is time to replace your double glazing. Get in touch with a professional and see how they can help you work it out and give you an idea of the costs involved.