Replacing a single broken window in your home is not a difficult thing to do; most will be able to pull it off without much of a problem. However, when it comes to replacing all the windows in the home, it can become a bit more complicated. The fact that you have to spend more money means that you have to think things through to make it work. For this reason, you are always advised to make sure that by the time decide to replace the windows, you have a very good reason for doing so. Fortunately, this is not as difficult as it sounds. One of the things you can do is to have a set of criteria that will determine whether you should replace all the windows or not. There are a few indications for doing this and some of these include:
If you are interested in putting the house on sale
Every so often, you will want to put a house on sale. In such cases, it would be wise for you to consider sprucing it up a bit to make it more attractive for the potential buyers, and one of the ways of doing this is by changing the windows to more modern ones. This is particularly important if it turns out that your home had very old window designs that are not in keeping with current times.
However, you need to be careful with how you approach this. For one, it’s important that you consider the cost benefit analysis of rep lacing the windows. There are times when it will cost you a lot of money to replace them, only to find out that the increase in the selling price is not commensurate to this. When thinking of replacing the windows as a marketing move, your aim should be to ensure that you get the most affordable and high quality products available. This way, you won’t end up compromising the value for money that you get from the whole procedure.
When you notice condensation/frost build up within the glass
In addition to the above, you are also likely to notice that at some point in time, the windows may get some condensation and frosting. This is especially so if it turns out that the windows are double glazed. In such cases, the presence of frosting and condensation means that there may be a leak within the glass.
Remember that the function of double glazing is to ensure that there is enough insulation between the house and the outside. When the environmental temperature is too high, the glazing will play a role in reducing just how much of the heat comes into the house. During the winter, it also works in the same capacity, but this time reducing how much heat is lost to the environment.
The presence of too much frost or condensation within the glass can be thought of as an indicator that the glazing is not working as it should. This is a clear indication that it needs to be replaced.
If you notice yourself having to do repairs with increasing frequency
You may also notice that with time, you will keep having to replace or otherwise repair the windows on account of wear and tear. When this becomes too much, it might indicate that the windows are actually wearing out, and that you will need to replace them all to avoid having to spend too much on repairs.
This is especially important if your home has a large number of windows that have complex opening and closing mechanisms. In this instance, the long term cost associated with replacing the window will be much lower compared to the total cost of keeping on with the repairs.
When it’s not aesthetically pleasing any more
At some point in time, you are likely to look at your windows and simply not like them any more. This is yet another great cue for you to simply get rid of the old windows and get new ones instead. This is a process that requires you to first figure out what kind of new look you are going for before attempting shopping for the new window treatments.
It’s usually difficult for some people to realize this, but your tastes might change with time and this is perfectly okay. For instance, as time goes by, you may end up having more conservative and elegant tastes, compared to the more in-your-face designs you had when you were young. This is a good enough reason for you to change your windows to reflect this change in taste.
In summary, changing your windows often feels like a huge commitment, and this is why many people are usually apprehensive about it. However, as long as the above pointers are sorted out, you can be sure that you are handling this in the best way possible.