Whether you’re thinking of selling or just doing some general spring cleaning, follow this handy checklist to determine if your home needs new windows.
1. Can you crank them open easily?
If you own crank windows and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get the crank going, it’s because the mechanism of the crank is failing after years of use. A new installation may be required, but you can also call a specialist to determine if you can simply swap out the failing part.
2. Can you shut them?
We know, it’s a silly question. But we’ve all had that moment when a window won’t close on both sides evenly, or where you have to slam and hold it shut in order to lock or latch it closed. While jury-rigging your window is fine in the short term, it can be dangerous to not lock the window fully. Burglars look for open windows as entry points, and old, open windows could make you easy prey.
3. Do you know all your neighbor’s drama?
If you can hear everything your neighbors are saying, even with the windows closed, you likely have a gap in your windows. While listening to the sounds of the neighborhood may not bother you, consider the worst case scenario here – that gap means that outdoor air could be replacing your home’s air (whether it be heated in the winter or cooled in the summer), driving your energy bills up. Also, don’t forget that the neighbors can also likely hear you.
4. Do your drafty windows require plastic insulation in the winter?
Last winter was crazy, so if you succumbed to the plastic installation, we won’t blame you. But newer windows have much better insulation, so if you can afford to replace yours, you’ll immediately see the payoff next winter when the first frost comes in.