When should you replace your old windows?

If you’re finding your current windows are looking a little tired it may be time for a window replacement. Starting the process of replacing your windows can be a big decision and can also be costly if you’re going for a big renovation.

Good windows should offer ventilation, efficiency, and keep your home safe, whilst still fitting with the rest of your home. If your windows aren’t checking these boxes, it may be a sign that they need changing for replacement wooden windows.

Below, we’ll explore five tell tale signs that your windows need to be replaced to improve your home and lifestyle.

5 signs you need a window replacement

1. Your windows have become draughty

Feeling a noticeable draft near your windows, especially on windy days, is a clear indicator of air leakage, and a clear indication that your windows need replacing. Gaps and cracks in window frames and seals can allow outside air to enter your home which can have an impact on the temperature of your home. Particularly in the past year where energy prices have risen dramatically, homeowners are keen to find ways to reduce energy usage in their home.

At Timber Windows, all of our wooden windows are fitted with warm edge spacer bars. These low conductivity bars limit heat loss as well as reduce condensation levels on the inner parts of your windows. We also install concealed vinyl seals in our wooden sash windows to limit any draughts from coming through.

2. Your energy bills have increased

If you have noticed a sudden spike in your energy bills, your windows could be a significant contributing factor. On average, around 30% of a home’s heating energy is lost through its windows. So, if your windows are old with poor insulation, your heating systems are likely working overtime to heat your home, leading to increased energy consumption and higher monthly bills.

When looking at replacing your windows, make sure to choose windows with double glazed panes to ensure maximum efficiency. When manufacturing our timber windows, each of our double-glazed window panes are filled with Krypton gas to further enhance the thermal efficiency of our windows and allows our windows to have an extremely low U-value. All of this work means our wooden windows have an 80% increase in energy savings compared to single glazed windows and a 45% increase in energy savings compared to standard double-glazed windows.

3. You have difficulty opening and closing your windows

Windows that are difficult to open or close are not only inconvenient but could also be a safety hazard. This issue is common in much older windows and could be a sign that you need a window replacement.

4. You’re experiencing condensation and moisture build-up

Further, condensation forming between the glass panes indicates seal failure in double or triple-glazed windows. This not only obstructs your view but also signifies reduced energy efficiency. Moisture build-up can also lead to mould growth, which can be detrimental to both your health and the structural integrity of your home.

To prevent this, your new windows should use warm edge spacer bars to stop any transfer of cold air into the inner pane of the window, as this can be one of the main causes of condensation. Additionally, your windows should be properly fitted with ventilation channels to prevent your double-glazing from misting too.

5. You’re being disturbed by outdoor noise

If you are beginning to notice outdoor sounds more easily in your home, your windows may not be providing enough sound insulation. This influx of sound through your windows is usually the result of using non-acoustic glass for window glazing.

Instead, your new windows should use specialised acoustic glass that will help to reduce the amount of noise coming into your home. At Timber Windows, acoustic glass comes as a standard feature across our range of windows to help minimise outdoor disturbances. This is achieved by applying a specialist acoustic interlayer between two sheets of glass, which is capable of limiting specific decibels from intruding into your home.

Upgrading to windows with better noise reduction capabilities can significantly improve your home’s comfort, especially if you live in a noisy neighbourhood or near busy streets.

6. Window damage and decay is visible

You should also try and regularly look at the condition of your window frames and sashes regularly. If you see any cracks, rotting, or warping, this is a sign of decay that cannot be ignored. These types of issues can compromise the structural integrity of your windows and affect their overall performance.

When upgrading your windows, use materials that are durable and will not easily show signs of wear. Our specially engineered timber is multi-layered, and this structure is very effective at resisting any warping or twisting. This ensures that your windows do not become twisted over time, due to the wet weather, and minimises the chance of your windows sticking in the future.

7. You’re window design has become outdated

As well as functionality, the appearance of your windows also matters too. Not only can outdated or damaged windows ruin your home’s curb appeal, it can also decrease its value.

If you’re thinking of upgrading your current windows, why not consider using a reputable window supplier that can replace your existing windows to modern, stylish design that can enhance the overall look and feel of your home.

At Timber Windows we offer a range of window styles to suit the style of any home. Whether your home is traditional or contemporary, our range of wooden casement windows and timber sash windows will be perfect for your home.

Why is it important to replace your windows?

Your windows play a crucial role in the comfort, energy efficiency, and aesthetics of your home. Paying attention to the deterioration of your windows can help you decide when it’s time to invest in replacements. Upgrading to wooden windows will enhance your home’s value and provide you with an enjoyable living environment for your family.

If you’re experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, it’s wise to consult with a professional window contractor to explore replacing your old windows. Remember, quality windows are an investment that pays off in the long run.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about an upcoming window replacement, you can contact us here. Our team will be happy to help!