However stylish the hinged French door you have on your patio is, or however energy-efficient your bedroom casement windows are, eventually they will reach the end of their service life. Getting caught with an unexpected and expensive window or door replacement can throw some people’s finances a little off-kilter. That’s why it’s important to keep track of the estimated life span of these products. Realistically, however, most homeowners don’t actually set their calendars that far ahead in advance. Instead, they rely on common signs that show your doors and windows may need to be replaced soon.
Let our skilled professionals at Renewal by Andersen® of Phoenix show you a few telltale signs that you’ll need to replace your doors and windows soon.
Check Your Bills
As the gas inside the double-pane glazing of your sliding contemporary doors or windows escapes, its ability to insulate your home gradually drops. As a result, you’ll notice a steady increase in your usual energy bills because your heating and cooling must now consume more power to make up for the loss in your exterior thermal envelope. Compare bills over the course of several months and see if there really is an increasing trend. If so, then it may be that your doors and windows are telling you it’s time for a change.
Of course, it’s not just the glazing or the frames that show signs of deterioration. Even the hinges and accessories can be affected as well. If your doors and windows have become harder to open, close or move all of a sudden, try applying a little bit of lubrication first at the hinges or tracks. If this happens too frequently, consider calling your window company right away.
Condensation and Drafts
Over time, the performance of your windows and doors will begin to suffer and you’ll notice more issues than before. For example, condensation on the glass panels will become a common occurrence and even drafts and areas with uneven temperatures start to surface. This is a sure sign that you’re overdue for a replacement.
Learn more about common problems with your doors and windows from our experts at Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix. Give us a call at (602) 562-1176 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a no-obligation in-home window consultation and get a free price quote today. We serve homeowners in Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ.