How to spot if your windows are in need of repairs or replacement
April 19, 2018
Provided they receive regular maintenance, windows can last a considerable number of years. However, consistent upkeep isn’t always enough; a repair or replacement window is sometimes necessary, to keep them performing their best. To help you discover if your windows need a helping hand, we’ve compiled a list of signs that indicate they’ve been damaged.
A noticeable draught
Is there an audible breeze when standing close to your windows? Or, can you feel a draught seeping through? In either case, a repair or replacement window is required. Draughts are caused by a number of things; deep cracks in the framing or glass and failed window seals are possible causes. Determining the cause and extent of the damage will determine the next course of action (repair or replacement).
Inflated energy bills
Poorly insulating windows tend to cost households between 10-25% more on their energy bills. If you’ve noticed a draught coming through your windows and your energy bills appear to have risen, it might be time to get the professionals in for a repair or replacement window.
A window that is functioning correctly should make it relatively difficult to hear things that are going on outside. If you find yourself being able to hear far away street noise, or unruly locals too clearly, it is likely that a replacement is necessary.
Are there more bugs in your home than usual?
If you’ve found an increasing number of insects crawling round your home of late, your window could be damaged. Possible causes may be a crack in the glass, or a damaged windowsill.
A build up of condensation is nothing to worry about, provided it’s outside the glass on the interior or exterior of the window. However, condensation between the two glass units is a sign that the seals are leaking and the gas cavity is no longer sealed. This means the sealed glass unit will need replacing.
Difficulty opening and closing
If you find your windows continually difficult to open and close, the mechanism may require some repair work or some new parts. The window will need replacing, in severe cases.
Jack of Glass – repair specialists
Despite regular upkeep, windows will eventually require repairing or replacing. However, knowing the signs of damage helps to determine exactly when either is required. If you’re window is suffering from any of these signs, or you’d like to learn more about our professional repair service here at Jack of Glass, get in touch with us today. You can call us on 01494 611 107 or send us an online message.