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When To Replace Windows

Not sure when its time for new windows? Read below to find out when is the right time

Taking care of your home is a reoccurring and necessary responsibility, whether it’s installing new appliances or changing out the hardware. Sometimes it is clear when something in your home needs to be replaced, however, when it comes to your windows you may not be aware that they could and should be changed.

DUAL-PANE WINDOWS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

One way to know if you need new windows is if your windows consist of single-pane glass. Andersen Windows recommends swapping them out for dual-pane windows since single-pane windows have a tendency to freeze open or shut and often feel cold or icy to the touch when outdoor temperatures drop. Furthermore, they are not nearly as energy efficient as a dual-pane window. Andersen introduced dual-pane glass in1952, which set a new standard for energy efficiency in windows. Andersen continues to lead the industry in pioneering advances in energy efficiency to improve the comfort of your home, while also saving you money on energy bills.

If you live near an airport, a busy street or live in an urban neighborhood and happen to notice these noises from within your home, replacing your windows with dual-pane or a laminated glass can reduce the noise transmission in your home, turning it into the sanctuary every home should be. Many homeowners are often surprised how significant the reduction of exterior noise is once they’ve had their windows replaced.

ARE YOUR WINDOWS HARD TO OPEN AND LOCK?

Another red flag to note is whether or not your windows are easy to use. If it takes some work to open your windows or they tend to get stuck open or closed, it can pose a serious danger in the event of a fire. This, in and of itself, is a good reason to replace the windows in your home. Not to mention, if the thought of trying to open your windows gives you a headache, it’s time to replace them. It shouldn’t be a challenge to enjoy the outdoors from inside the comfort of your home.

How do the locks on your windows seem? Do they lock and unlock properly? If not, it is time to replace your windows. Besides being an important safety concern, air escapes through windows left opened or even just unlocked, which greatly reduces the energy efficiency of your home.

Not only do you want to keep your air and heat secured inside of your home, but you also want the elements of the outdoors to stay outside. If your windows are leaking water or you can feel air making its way into your home, Andersen recommends replacing your windows. For extra energy savings, the dual-pane, low-E glass is a great option.

HOW DO YOUR WINDOWS LOOK FROM THE OUTSIDE

How your windows look to the naked eye is a more obvious way to tell if it is time for replacement. For example, if you have a window that looks to be rotting or falling apart, you should replace it right away. In fact, Andersen 100-Series window and patio doors are made from out patented Fibrex® composite material that never need painting and won’t fade, flake, blister, peel or rot. These can also help if your current windows do not already match the style of your home, another sign of a much needed update.

Choose a style that matches the other windows in your home, and in many cases, you can take the opportunity to do more than just a simple replacement. You can enhance your home’s look from the inside out while improving your home’s overall energy efficiency. A window combination—for example, two windows side-by-side—can be replaced with a single picture window that frames a stunning view or opens the room to more light. You can even enlarge an existing opening to add more windows. Because of their energy efficiency, durability and reliability, Andersen replacement solutions are some of the best-performing products in the industry.

Andersen Windows has perfected the art of creating products that are aesthetically pleasing, no matter what your taste. The company’s windows, doors and exterior trim work in harmony, not only with each other, but also with your home’s architecture. The end result is an enduring investment—timeless beauty and lasting quality at an exceptional value. Visit the Andersen Style Library to find windows that match the style of your home.

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