Double glazed windows will last on average for around 15 – 20 years. This is of course impacted by several factors such as how well they are maintained, the weather and the type of material used too. When your windows are beyond repair you will need to replace them sooner rather than later. Here are some of the main things to look out for when you need to replace the glass in your window.
How Long Do Windows Last?
The life expectancy of your windows will depend on several factors. These include the quality of initial installation, the position of your property, the standard of window material, and the weather. uPVC windows will usually last around 20 years when they are professionally installed. Aluminum windows are slightly stronger than uPVC windows and last around 25 years. Timber windows can last upwards of 50 years.
You Hear A Lot Of Outside Noise
If your windows provide little protection from the sounds of the outdoors, they may not be sealed correctly or were poorly made, to begin with. Double and triple glazed windows are insulated with Argon gas which can decrease outdoor noise which is especially helpful if you live in a busy neighborhood, live near an airport or live near a busy road.
You Feel A Draft When Your Windows Are Closed
If you feel a breeze even when your windows are closed then there could be a number of issues including poor installation, faulty seals, and much more. A drafty window can drastically change the overall temperature of your home which can make your bills more costly as your heating will be working twice as hard to keep your home warm. It is important to keep your windows in tip-top condition as it could cost you more money in the long run.
Condensation Build Up Between Glass Layers or Cracked Window Glass
If you notice that your windows are frosting or that there is condensation between the layers of glass, this usually means that the seals on your window have failed which will ultimately allow moisture between the glass panes. Once the seal fails any Argon used to make the window energy efficient is now gone. Cracks in the window glass allow for air to leak in and out of your window.
Problems Opening & Closing Your Windows
If your windows start to stick or become difficult to open and close this can become very inconvenient, make your home cold, and can also become a safety risk. If your windows have become warped or expanded over time they will need replacing.
If you have noticed a faded patch on your curtains, sofa, carpet, or even your wallpaper close to your window, this is more than likely been caused by the sun’s UV rays penetrating through your windowpane. Older windows did not use UV protection technology as they do nowadays. If you upgrade your windows you will protect your home’s interior from further sun damage.
What’s The Importance Of Replacing Failing Windows?
If you have noticed that your energy bills have increased each month, it is very likely that your windows are not working as they should. Replacing your windows can help lower these bills which will save you money each month. Replacing your windows will also add additional security to your home and your family too.
All of our double glazings has an energy efficiency rating meaning you can enjoy a warmer home and save money on reduced energy bills. They will also provide a higher level of security and can help protect your home against forced entry and give you peace of mind that your home is safe. You will also enhance the appearance of your home and make it more attractive inside and out.
Property experts suggest that replacing your windows can add up to 10% to the market value of your home making it a great financial investment. This is perfect if you are thinking of putting your home on the market in the future.
All of our Double Glazing repairs are cut to the exact size and shape requested by the customer. Our talented team of master craftsmen always create outstanding glass which can be cut to any size, shape, and design. Our services allow our customers to select a huge range of basic and bespoke designs with beautiful frames also available to you. If you would like more information on our double glazing repairs in Newport please get in touch today on 01633 244 926.
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