Many people buy a home in the spring and summer months, only to find out that their dream home lacks efficiency when the winter months roll around. While your new home may meet your requirements for location, space and layout, it may also include aging single- or double-pane windows in Alexandria, VA. Old age doesn’t necessarily demand replacement, but there are a number of signs that indicate your windows have reached the end of their life.

How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Windows

  • Is there condensation inside the windows? Condensation on the inside of window glass usually indicates the interior seal protecting the window has failed, allowing increased air infiltration.

  • Are windows difficult to operate? If you struggle to open and close windows, it’s likely their operating parts have worn out or are obstructed by paint, dirt or other substances.

  • Is it too hot or cold inside the home? Air leakage around windows can significantly affect the efficiency and comfort of a home, as well as permit excessive noise from outside.

  • Are windows structurally sound? Rot on or around the window compromises function and security, and can allow water damage that spreads to other areas of the home.

If you’re not sure whether you should replace your windows, consider speaking with an experienced [company_name] consultant. In addition to helping you determine the condition of your windows, we can give you valuable peace of mind. We offer top-of-the-line window products, expert installation and excellent warranties.

Improving Comfort Without Replacement

If window replacement is not currently an option due to budget constraints, here are other budget-friendly fixes.

  • Weatherstripping. Use weatherstripping (available at home improvement stores) to seal air leaks around windows and doors. To determine how much weatherstripping to purchase, calculate the perimeter of all units, then add 10% to accommodate installation waste.

  • Plastic film. Another fix for window drafts is shrinkable clear plastic film applied with double-sided tape, then sealed using the heat from a hair dryer. This method can help a room retain up to 55% of its heat. The film can also be easily removed when the weather warms.

  • Draft stopper. Use a window draft stopper to prevent cold air from creeping indoors. These fabric tubes are often filled with sand, heavy clay, rice or beans to stand strong against drafts.

  • Window treatments. Heavy insulating window treatments offer another layer of protection against draftiness in winter and heat gain in summer. Multiple layers of tightly fitted blinds, shades and drapes increase effectiveness.

Call [company_name] at (703) 828-1620 or complete our contact form for a FREE in-home consultation and estimate on replacement windows or home improvement in Chantilly, VA, and surrounding areas.